GOV 382M • Modern and Postmodern Political Theory
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
Consent of the Graduate Adviser must be obtained. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. In this seminar we will critically examine key stages and elements in recent and contemporary political and social theorizing after surveying the origins of "The Modern Project" in the Enlightenment. Our goals will be to achieve a useful familiarity with major theorists and theories beyond those commonly studied in political philosophy such as Montesquieu, Hegel, Marx, and Mill, and then examine recent efforts to develop modes of theorizing, especially applicable to the contemporary world that are self-conscious and constructive as well as critical. So we will examine postmodern theorizing, various critiques of the "The Postmodern Project," and various alternatives that focus on consciousness and attempt to move beyond postmodernism.
Grades will be bases on occasional short essays and a longer paper written at the end of the seminar. Bonuses may be given for excellent participation in seminar discussion.
So that we may consider many of the most interesting and important perspectives, most reading will be book chapters and journal articles rather than entire books.