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Philosophy and Politics of Identity

Considers the meanings, problems, and possibilities of contemporary identity politics. Explores different approaches toward identity and politics, including liberal, existential, and traditionalist understandings. Traces the emergence of a new kind of identity politics out of racial, feminist, and queer movements of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Assesses contemporary discussions of identity and politics, in relation to both the history of Western thought and contemporary multicultural societies. Authors discussed may include Locke, Sartre, MacIntyre, Fanon, Young, Taylor, Butler, Elshtein, Appiah, and Nicholson. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

Degree requirement — Critical Perspectives: S, Critical Learning: SHB, Critical Perspectives: S, Critical Perspectives: S, Critical Learning: HP

1 unit — McEnnerney

Offerings

Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Spring 2021 Block 8 Philosophy and Politics of Identity Dennis McEnnerney TBA 25 / 7 04/17/2021
Fall 2021 Block 3 Philosophy and Politics of Identity Dennis McEnnerney TBA 25 / 25 04/17/2021
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