GOVT 6596

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2016-2017. Courses of Study 2017-2018 is scheduled to publish mid-June.

This course will examine the theory and practice of nonviolence from the perspective of its key theorists, practitioners, and critics. Questions we will consider include: Why nonviolence? How should we understand the transformative power of nonviolence? What is the relationship between nonviolence and the body; nonviolence and religion; nonviolence and the state? Are there tensions or trade-offs between the idea of nonviolence as a moral/religious stance and the idea of nonviolence as a strategy of power? What are the limits of nonviolence? We will study key works by theorists of nonviolence including Garrison, Tolstoy, Gandhi, King as well as writing on violence and nonviolence in political theory (eg. Nietzsche, Fanon, Arendt, Benjamin, Foucault, Derrida, Butler, etc.).

When Offered Fall.

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    Combined with: AMST 6596

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt