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PHIL 340 - Seminar in Continental Philosophy

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)
Seminar on Continental Philosophy with annual topics.

Topic for 2023/24a: Overturning Platonism. One of the tasks of a future philosophy, according to Nietzsche, was to invert or overturn Platonism. This seminar is devoted to asking (1) what overturning Platonism looks like (what are its concrete goals), (2) what the relationship between Plato and Platonism is, (3) how a philosophy opposing Platonism understands Platonism (what are Platonism’s constitutive features), and (4) just how a philosophy that understands itself to be without, or in tension with, Plato operates specifically? Does a philosophy that considers itself in opposition to Platonism ever go ‘beyond’ Plato? What does the future look like for such a philosophy, if there indeed is any future? While this is seminar in Continental Philosophy numerous philosophical sub-fields are interrogated, including: social and political philosophy, ethics and moral thought, metaphysics and epistemology, and aesthetics. According to Alfred North Whitehead, the Western philosophical tradition could be understood as a series of footnotes to Plato. This course asks: what happens when the footnotes rebel? Philosophers we read include: Plato, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Luce Irigaray, Jacques Rancière, Barbara Cassin, and Alain Badiou. Osman Nemli.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-level course and one 200-level course in Philosophy, or permission of the instructor.

One 3-hour period.

Course Format: CLS



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