GOVT 4735

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This is an introduction to the three 'master thinkers' who have helped determine the discourses of modernity and post-modernity. We consider basic aspects of their work: (a) specific critical and historical analyses; (b) theoretical and methodological writings; (c) programs and manifestos; and (d) styles of argumentation, documentation, and persuasion. This also entails an introduction, for non-specialists, to essential problems of political economy, continental philosophy, psychology, and literary and cultural criticism. Second, we compare the underlying assumptions and the interpretive yields of the various disciplines and practices founded by Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud: historical materialism and communism, existentialism and power-knowledge analysis, and psychoanalysis, respectively. We also consider how these three writers have been fused into a single constellation, 'Marx-Nietzsche-Freud,' and how they have been interpreted by others, including L. Althusser, A. Badiou, A. Camus, H. Cixous, G. Deleuze, J. Derrida, M. Foucault, H.-G. Gadamer, M. Heidegger, L. Irigaray, K. Karatani, J. Lacan, P. Ricoeur, L. Strauss, S. Zizek.

When Offered Spring.

Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (CA-AS)

Comments This is a lecture course but there will be plenty of time for discussion.  Weekly film screening, TBA.

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  •   Combined with: COML 4250GERST 4250

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16380GOVT 4735  LEC 001

  • This is a lecture course, but there will be plenty of time for discussion. Formerly GERST 4150 – students who previously took GERST 4150 cannot enroll in this course. Film-screening one evening night per week, TBA.