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PHIL 357 - Self and Social World


FDR: HU
Credits: 3
Planned Offering: Fall 2013 and alternate years.

This course takes as its starting point the question of the 'other.' We explore such questions as: how do we perceive, and communicate with others who have different bodies, genders, cultures and histories? How do we see ourselves through the eyes of others? Can we speak for others? Can we build bridges across differences and forge common ground? We begin with traditional philosophical accounts of selves and others, i.e., Hegel's dialectic of master and slave, Husserl's alter ego, Buber's philosophy of dialogue, Sartre's account of shame, Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology of embodied intersubjectivity, and Levinas' ethics of alterity. Later, we concentrate on the work of feminist philosophers, race theorists, and post-colonialist thinkers who critique these traditional philosophies and offer alternative ways of speaking about self and other. Verhage.





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