Spring 2012 Contemporary Political Theory
Political Science, as POSC-480
Formerly listed as: POSC-43 | 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.
If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to seniors, then juniors, then to sophomores and 5-college students. Course times and locations POSC 480 - L/D Section 01 M 02:00 PM - 04:00 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; roll your mouse over the price field to see detailed pricing information.
ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Book Store Price
9780226025988 The human condition Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1998. by Hannah Arendt Amherst Books $19.00
9780231145152 Philosophy and Animal Life Columbia University Press Stanley Cavell, Cora Diamond, John McDowell, Ian Hacking, Cary Wolfe, Amherst Books $18.50
9780312422660 Society must be defended New York : Picador, 2003. Michael Foucault; edited by Mauro Bertani and Alessandro Fontana; general editors, François Ewald and Alessandro Fontana; translated by David Macey Amherst Books $18.00
9780674048379 Human Dignity Belknap Press of Harvard University Press George Kateb, Amherst Books $22.95
9780674060289 Commonwealth Belknap Press of Harvard University Press Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Amherst Books $21.95
9780804732185 Homo sacer Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1998. Giorgio Agamben; translated by Daniel Heller-Roazen Amherst Books $21.95
9780816649907 Bíos Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2008. Roberto Esposito; translated and with an introduction by Timothy Campbell Amherst Books $22.50
0822348799 World of Becoming William Connolly Amherst Books TBD
These books are available locally at
Amherst Books. If Overenrolled
Priority will be given to seniors, then juniors, then to sophomores and 5-college students.
Offered in Spring 2016