Social Political Philosophy

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Majors Only

Social Political Philosophy

Fall 2021

Taught By: Dora Suarez

Section: A

CRN: 11262

Credits: 4

The meaning of the term political is itself a contested issue within Political Philosophy. At the same time, it is undeniable that the grammar of the political cannot be articulated without considering the social dynamics that underpin it. Thus we find ourselves asking: how is the social crafted? And, perhaps more importantly, what would be the best way to organize our partaking of the communal? Engaging with these questions we come to the realization that to understand societal interactions and motivations requires that we reflect about agency, authority, power, equality, difference, as well as resistance and emancipation. In the context of our course, all these ends will be connected as crucial terms informing an ongoing investigation pertaining to the material and symbolic meaning of "the human condition." In trying to pursue this investigation, we will proceed to ask: how do humans create, maintain, and transform their social worlds? How are forms of social difference (race, class, ethnicity, language, citizenship, gender, sexuality, and the like) produced and how do they shape our experiences? In what sense is the contemporary world affected by particular pasts? What political transformations lie on the horizon? The selection of assigned readings will bring together insights by Plato, Aristotle, Elizabeth V. Spelman, Thomas Hobbes, Carole Pateman, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Heidi Hartman, Emma Goldman, Hannah Arendt, Anibal Quijano, Bruno Latour, Judith Butler, Charles Mills, Audre Lorde, Nawal El-Sadawi and Rita Segato, among others.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (LPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:16pm 9/19/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1001

Date Range: 8/30/2021 - 12/13/2021