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Philosophy (PHIL)
338 Prince Lucien Campbell, 541-346-5547
College of Arts & Sciences
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  PHIL 343   Critical Theory >2 >IP 4.00 cr.
Examines the methodological, epistemological, moral, and political dimensions of critical theory. Prereq: one philosophy course. Offered alternate years.
Grading Options: Optional for all students
Instructor: Zambrana RE-mailHomepage Office:   242 Susan Campbell Hall
Office Hours: 1100 - 1250 R and by appointment during Winter 2015
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Syllabus for PHIL 343
 
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  27122 3 30 1400-1550 tr 106 FR Zambrana R Additional Web Resources Available

Final Exam:

1300-1500 t 3/18 106 FR
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Expanded Course Description
Critical Theory will serve as a 300-level introduction to subfields in philosophy. Other courses of this types include environmental philosophy, philosophy of the arts, philosophy of film. Critical Theory is a subfield that engages the philosophical and methodological problems posed by the idea of immanent critique. If a theory of society is implicated in its object of study – society itself – how is it possible to comprehend the structures of social injustice and to unearth resources for their overcoming? Critical Theory thus examines the normative bases for analyses of society that aim at identifying, diagnosing and criticizing forms of injustice. The course will allow for systematic, historical and comparative work, given Critical Theory’s continued engagement with American Pragmatism, 19th century Continental Philosophy, 20th century Analytic Philosophy, feminism, psychoanalysis, and the social sciences. The course may therefore serve as an advance introduction of philosophy and a general education course introducing students to the field, methods, and contemporary debates in social philosophy from a critical-theoretical perspective.

Critical Theory satisfies Social Science Group criteria in that it will examine key concepts and issues in social and political philosophy as they relate to the problem of immanent critique. The course will cover a representative cross-section of key issues, philosophical perspectives, and modes of analysis in the field by considering alternative perspectives to the methodological, epistemological, moral and political issues involved in specifying the idea of justice implicit in diagnosing and addressing forms of injustice. These perspectives will also be assessed in light of examples germane to the problem of immanent critique and debated within the field. Students who successfully complete the course will have an understanding of the philosophical challenges involved in a critical analysis of society; an understanding of recent theoretical developments in the field of critical social philosophy and theories of normativity; and advanced reading, writing and critical thinking skills.

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