GOVT 6676

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This semester we will focus upon the right to life, techniques of life management and the disposition of (one's own) death. The co-imbrication of the politico-theological with the death penalty, the way society classifies and treats its dead, its « living dead » or excluded members (« the public enemy »), and the political economy of death will figure among questions and philosophical concepts to be addressed in the seminar. We will concentrate on three authors-Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault and Jean Baudrillard-and their three principal texts (respectively)- The Seminar on the Death Penalty, volume one; Punitive Society (1972-3 Course at the Collège de France), and Symbolic Exchange and Death. The work of other twentieth century French thinkers on temporality and the economy of death such as Bataille and Blanchot will supplement our critical engagement with these thinkers. At the same time, we will attend to the tension within these texts within a larger context of recent developments in public law and other purported associated rights and philosophemes (the rights of/to literature; free speech and tolerance.)

When Offered Fall.

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    Combined with: COML 6676FREN 6676

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: French

  • 15966GOVT 6676  SEM 101

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    • Rubenstein, D