Fall 2015: Hermeneutics, Semiology, and Deconstruction

Class Time, Location: M/W 10:30-11:45, SN 1103

Office Hours: M/W/F 11:30-12:00pm; Friday 1-3pm, and by appointment

Syllabus

Class Cancellations: If class is cancelled for any reason, the cancellation will be posted under the cancellations section of the main page of the Memorial University website.

Also note, the schedule on the syllabus may be updated during the semester, thus you should keep track of assignments, essays, etc., on this site below

Date Reading
Sept 9 Course introduction. Begin reading from Arendt’s “Tradition and the Modern Age”

Recommended: Maurizio Passerin d’Entreves, “Hannah Arendt,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Sept 14 No class.
Sept 16 Arendt’s “Tradition and the Modern Age,” finish.

Douglas Klusmeyer, “Hannah Arendt on Authority and Tradition” (from Arendt: Key Concepts [Acumen, 2014])

Sept 21 Arendt’s “The Concept of History Ancient and Modern.

Masa Mrovlic, “Narrating and Understanding” (from Arendt: Key Concepts [Acumen, 2014])

Sept 23 Hannnah Arendt, “What is Freedom?” (available on course website)
Sep 28 Arendt, “Action”

Heidegger, “Introduction” to Being and Time, first half.

Dorothea Frede, “The Question of Being: Heidegger’s Project,” from Cambridge Companion to Heidegger.

Sep 30 Arendt, “Action”

Heidegger, “Introduction” to Being and Time, second half.

Oct 5 Arendt, “Action”
Oct 7 Class Cancelled
Oct 12 No class
Oct 14 Heidegger, “Language” from Poetry, Language, Thought
Oct 19 Heidegger, “What are Poets for?” from Poetry, Language, Thought, pp. 15-50
Oct 21 Heidegger, “What are Poets for?” from Poetry, Language, Thought, pp. 50-end

Benjamin Noys, “Heidegger and the Hermeneutic Turn,” from Cambridge Companion to Heidegger.

Oct 26 Foucault, “The Order of Discourse,” inaugural lecture at the Collège de France, available on course website.

Recommended Resources: Thomas Flynn, “Mapping Foucault on History,” and Joseph Rouse, “Power/Knowledge,” from the Cambridge Companion to Foucault, ed. G. Gutting (2005).

Oct 28 Foucault, “Lecture on Nietzsche,” in Lectures on the Will to Know

Recommended Resources: Stuart Elden, Power, Nietzsche and the Greeks: Foucault’s Leçons sur la volonté de savoirBerfois (July 20, 2011)

Also, Peter Gratton, chapter 4, The State of Sovereignty (2012).

Nov 2 Foucault, Lectures on the Will to Know, lectures one to two.
Nov 4 Foucault, Lectures on the Will to Know, lectures three to four.
Nov 9 Foucault, Lectures on the Will to Know, lectures five to six.
Nov 11 No class.
Nov 16 Foucault, The Punitive Society, lectures 6-8
Nov 18 Foucault, Punitive Society, 9-11
Nov 23 Foucault, The Punitive Society, lectures 12-end
Nov 25 Derrida, Rogues, Part I, ch. 1-2.

Recommended: Len Lawlor, “Deconstruction” from A Blackwell Companion to Derrida(2013)

Nov 30 Derrida, Rogues, Part I, ch. 3.
Dec 2 Derrida, Rogues, Part I, ch. 4-5.
Dec 4 Derrida, Rogues, Part I, ch. 5-end.

Recommended:

Peter Gratton, Chapter 5, The State of Sovereignty: Lessons from the Political Fictions of Modernity (2012)

Finals Week: Final Paper due at Final Exam time, 15-20 pages, double-spaced, topic to be chosen by each student.

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