Contemporary Political Theory
Political Science, as POSC-480
Formerly listed as: POSC-43 | POSC-80
Course (Login required) 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. Keywords Attention to Speaking
Attention to Writing
Writing Intensive Course times and locations POSC 480 - L/D Section 01 W 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; roll your mouse over the price field to see detailed pricing information.
ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
9780190254087 The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy (The Berkeley Tanner Lectures) Oxford University Press Eric Santner Amherst Books From $25.68-$70.99
9780226025988 The Human Condition, 2nd Edition The University of Chicago Press Hannah Arendt Amherst Books From $8.20-$21.48
9780226144290 The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume I (The Seminars of Jacques Derrida) (Volume 1) University of Chicago Press Jacques Derrida Amherst Books From $15.44-$43.38
9780822346333 Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (a John Hope Franklin Center Book) Duke University Press Books Jane Bennett Amherst Books From $10.00-$38.33
9781250081612 On the Government of the Living: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1979-1980 Picador Michel Foucault Amherst Books From $13.94-$22.69
9781584351153 The Making of the Indebted Man: An Essay on the Neoliberal Condition (Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series) Semiotext(e) Maurizio Lazzarato Amherst Books From $4.43-$17.94
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: