Critique of/as Progress

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Critique of/as Progress

Fall 2019

Taught By: Luis Guzman

Section: A

CRN: 7155

Credits: 3

The concept of progress is a fundamental axis on which the self-image of Modernity is grounded. The Enlightenment age consists, according to Kant, in reaching a stage of maturity where humans determine their own political, moral and epistemic normativity (autonomy). Paradoxically, this period was sustained by the projects of colonialism, genocide and slavery, by means of which said autonomy was denied to the greater portion of the world. Modernity thus has a darker side without which it would not have been possible. Adding to this the horrors experienced throughout the 20th century has made a revaluation of the concept of progress necessary. However, the critical stance taken up not only from within the European tradition (Marxism, critical theory, deconstruction, post-structuralism) but also from the periphery and the margins (post-colonialism, decolonial thought, sub-altern studies) might itself be conceived as a permanent and fruitful legacy of Modernity, radically revising, though not altogether discarding the concept of progress. Seen this way, the progress that Modernity brings with it amounts to this permanent capacity to exercise critique towards any theory or praxis that sets itself up as true or right. Authors that will be read throughout the course include Spinoza, Condorcet, Kant, Hegel, Adorno, Foucault, Amy Allen, Anibal Quijano, Enrique Dussel, and Dipresh Chakrabarty, among others.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (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: 2:05pm 11/14/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 8:00pm - 9:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 618

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/10/2019