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Contemporary Political Philosophy

Course Number: POL 343
Credits: 4
Offered: Spring, Odd Years
Instructor: Dr. Polet, Dr. Allis

Overview:

The 20th century witnessed significant changes in conceptions of politics: the growth of the state, the rise and fall of ideologies and totalitarianisms, the ascendancy of democratic theory, technology and social organization, and beneath it all, a deep sense of crisis. This class traces the beginnings of that crisis in the thought of Nietzsche and follows it through to the advent of postmodernism. The nature and extent of state power, the role of technology, and the prospects for democracy will also be prominent themes in the course, and the reading will focus on writers such as Nietzsche, Camus, Habermas, Gadamer, Derrida, Hayek and others.

*Note: Cross-listed with Philosophy 343.