REL 284
Foucault
Last Offered Fall 2007
Division II Writing Skills
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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Michel Foucault was first and foremost a scholar of power. His ironic “genealogies” of how the Enlightenment promised freedom but instead delivered intricate and perilous technologies of control have inspired philosophers, intellectual historians, and even novelists. Yet for all of this Foucault is often thought of as having posited a helpless subject trapped in an inescapable web. Worse, scholars such as Rosie Braidotti have seen this subject as a uniquely masculine maneuver-ignoring women’s struggles. This course will consider Foucault and his own “mentors,” Heidegger, Nietzsche, and Kant, among others, as well as exploring such central questions as Foucault’s views on gender and sexuality. We will also examine whether Foucault was able–as he intended–to move beyond “resistance” in his later writings and help post-Enlightenment individuals engender a more empowered sense of subjectivity.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 10
Class#: 1390
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Prerequisites: none, although some work in Continental Philosophy will be helpful
Enrollment Preferences: Religion majors
Unit Notes: formerly REL 284
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
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  • REL 284 - SEM Foucault
    REL 284 SEM Foucault
    Division II Writing Skills
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