GOVT 6676

GOVT 6676

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The pandemic of Covid-19 urgently reframes philosophic concepts of life, death, the right to life, techniques of life management, the disposition of (one's own) death with dignity, and the imbrication of parasite and host. One might argue that twentieth century French thought is a sustained critical engagement with the way society classifies and treats its dead, its "living dead » or excluded members (« the public enemy »), the political or symbolic economy of death, the death penalty and other death sentences (literary as well as political). To what extent do writers such as Jean Baudrillard, Simone de Beauvoir, Maurice Blanchot, Albert Camus, George Canguilhem, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Georges Perec, and Michel Serres contribute to our understanding of "le vivant" (the living)? How might some thinkers enable a critical resistance to the ecological catastrophe of pandemics and the resultant unequal distribution of life and death (e.g., Vinciane Despret, Didier Fassin, Isabelle Stengers)?

When Offered Fall.

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 6676FREN 6676

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • Topic: Contemporary Continental Theory

  • 16549GOVT 6676  SEM 101