Philosophy and Pop Culture
PHIL 5050 | Dr. Robin James | Wednesdays 5:30-8:15PM (100% online, including some synchronous learning)
PHIL 5050 | Dr. Elisabeth Paquette | Wednesdays 2:30-5:15PM (100% online, including some synchronous learning)
The course focuses on Indigenous feminist writings that both aim toward a constructive project of maintaining and respecting Indigenous ways of life, and that seek to address the detrimental consequences of U.S. and Canadian settler colonialism. We begin with a theoretical analysis of key concepts such as settler colonialism, Indigeneity, gender, and institutional racism. Using these key concepts, we then examine present-day colonial formations located through state-sponsored child and family welfare services, patterns of incarceration, high rates of sexual violence, and the displacement of Indigenous peoples from their traditional lands. Lastly, we examine state-based efforts to address the needs of Indigenous communities, and collective strategies of resistance practiced by Indigenous women.
Major Figure: Nietzsche
PHIL 5050 | Dr. Michael Kelly | (100% online, asynchronous learning)
Friedrich Nietzsche, a 19th-century German philosopher (1844-1900), is known for his genealogical method (tracing the origins of concepts, beliefs) and controversial ideas about morality (art, etc.). How are his method and ideas interconnected in the development of his philosophy? And are they relevant today? After focusing on original texts, we'll examine some contemporary interpretations of Nietzsche.
Theories of Resistance
PHIL 6050 | Dr. Elisabeth Paquette | Mondays 5:30-8:15PM (100% online, including some synchronous learning)
Taking as its starting point the conception of “being human” developed in the work of decolonial theorist Sylvia Wynter, we examine the relation between dominant conceptions of the political subject-human and structures of knowledge production, as well as the impact such conceptions have in the contemporary context. Doing so provides a framework for theorizing the tools necessary for resisting dominant and oppressive structures that operate through a process of dehumanization. We will also consider the ways in which cartography and archives broadly construed operate either as perpetuating dominant structures, or as creating resistant terrains in the works of Katherine McKittrick, C. Riley Snorton, and Tiffany Lethabo King respectively. The course culminates in the development of a collective and nuanced account of Wynter's conception of ceremony, as the foundation for liberation in the 21st century.
Latina/x Feminist Philosophy
PHIL 6050 | Dr. Andrea Pitts | Thursdays 5:30-8:15PM (100% online, including some synchronous learning)
U.S.-based Latina/x feminist writers have explored diverse political, epistemological, ethical, historiographical, and aesthetic themes, including topics within interdisciplinary areas such as Indigenous studies, disability studies, decolonial theory, queer theory, trans studies, healthcare justice, and Marxist critique. This course traces historical and recent work by Latina/x feminists, beginning with writings by women activists of the 1970s in the Chicano Rights Movement and the Young Lords. We will also read selections from new works by authors such as Francisco J. Galarte, Johanna Fernández, Linda Martín Alcoff, and two recent edited collections on Chicana feminist activism and Latina/x and Latin American feminist philosophy.
PHIL 6110 | Dr. Eddy Souffrant | Tuesdays 2:30-5:15PM (100% online, including some synchronous learning)
The course will combine a survey component with the study of One to Three contemporary figures in moral philosophy. The survey part will provide an account of the historical development in the field and the contemporary figures will extend our understanding of deontology, consequentialism and/or the ethics of care.