Spring 2011 Contemporary Political Theory
Political Science, as POSC-80 Faculty Thomas L. Dumm (Section 01) Description
[PT] A consideration of twentieth- and twenty-first-century Western political theory. Topics to be considered include the fate of modernity, identity and difference, power, representation, freedom, and the state. This year’s readings may include works by the following authors: Freud, Weber, Benjamin, Heidegger, Arendt, Derrida, Foucault, Berlin, Butler, Connolly, and Agamben.
This course fulfills the requirement for an advanced seminar in Political Science.
Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Dumm.
Cost: 19.00 ? Course times and locations POSC 80 - L/D Section 01 M 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM CLAR 100 Textbooks
Below are the textbooks used in this course, along with pricing information and availability at local bookstores. The price range shown is based upon queries to multiple online booksellers; click on the the price field to see detailed pricing information.
ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
0060637633 Basic writings from Being and time (1927) to the task of thinking (1964) Martin Heidegger Amherst Books TBD
0156838389 The Oedipus cycle: an English version Sophocles 1977 version Amherst Books TBD
9780226025988 The Human Condition, 2nd Edition The University of Chicago Press Hannah Arendt Amherst Books From $10.47-$22.06
0226738892 Political theology: four chapters on the concept of sovereignty Carl Schmitt Amherst Books TBD
9780262691260 Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy (Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought) The MIT Press Carl Schmitt Amherst Books From $9.66-$37.94
0393033570 LinkThe ethics of psychoanalysis, 1959-1960 Jacques Lacan Amherst Books TBD
0804732183 Homo sacer: sovereign power and bare life Giorgio Agamben Amherst Books TBD
1844670058 LinkPrecarious life : the powers of mourning and violence Judith Butler Amherst Books TBD
9781403986542 The birth of biopolitics: lectures at the College de France, 1978-79 Michel Foucault Amherst Books TBD
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