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; roll your mouse over the price field to see detailed pricing information.
ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
9780226025988 The human condition Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1998. by Hannah Arendt Amherst Books $19.00
9780312422660 Society must be defended New York : Picador, 2003. Michael Foucault; edited by Mauro Bertani and Alessandro Fontana; general editors, Fran�ois Ewald and Alessandro Fontana; translated by David Macey Amherst Books $18.00
0674967755 Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly Harvard University Press Judith Butler Amherst Books TBD
9780804732185 Homo sacer Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1998. Giorgio Agamben; translated by Daniel Heller-Roazen Amherst Books $21.95
9780805202410 Illuminations New York : Schocken Books, c1968. Walter Benjamin; edited and with an introduction by Hannah Arendt; translated by Harry Zohn Amherst Books $16.00
9780822342724 Capitalism and Christianity, American style Durham : Duke University Press, 2008. William E. Connolly Amherst Books $15.07-$35.95
0822363410 Facing the Planetary: Entangled Humanism and the Politics of Swarming Duke University Press William Connolly Amherst Books TBD
9781584351153 The Making of the Indebted Man: An Essay on the Neoliberal Condition Semiotext(e) Maurizio Lazzarato, Joshua David Jordan (Translator) Amherst Books TBD
9781844670512 Minima Moralia: Reflections on a Damaged Life Verso Theodor Adorno, Amherst Books $8.28-$17.50
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.
Spring 2018 Other years: