Spring 2017 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 W 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM 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
9780226025988 The Human Condition, 2nd Edition The University of Chicago Press Arendt, Hannah Amherst Books From $9.32-$88.74
9780312422660 "Society Must Be Defended": Lectures at the Collège de France, 1975-1976 Picador Michel Foucault Amherst Books From $12.17-$26.79
0674967755 Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly Harvard University Press Judith Butler Amherst Books TBD
0804732183 Homo Sacer : sovereign power and bare life Stanford University Press Giorgio Agamben Amherst Books TBD
0805202412 Illuminations: Essays and Reflections Schocken Books Walter Benjamin Amherst Books TBD
0822342723 Capitalism and Christianity, American Style Duke University Press William Connolly Amherst Books TBD
9780822363415 Facing the Planetary: Entangled Humanism and the Politics of Swarming Duke University Press Books Connolly, William E. Amherst Books From $12.85-$29.68
9781584351153 The Making of the Indebted Man: An Essay on the Neoliberal Condition (Volume 13) (Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series (13)) Semiotext(e) Lazzarato, Maurizio Amherst Books From $11.88-$23.98
9781844670512 Minima Moralia: Reflections from Damaged Life (Radical Thinkers) Verso Adorno, Theodor Amherst Books From $14.86-$23.98
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.
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