Colorado College News: International Programs, French Philosophy Block in Paris Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:59:00 MDT <p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">With the close of block 2, Jonathan Lee and Dennis McEnnerney completed the third iteration of their course, &ldquo;French Philosophy in Context: 1930 to the Present,&rdquo; taught in Paris, France.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The seventeen students in the course studied innovative writers associated with a variety of critical philosophical approaches, including existential, phenomenological, structuralist, poststructuralist, and feminist ones. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Three leading philosophers of the current generation visited the class, reflecting on their engagements with a diverse array of thinkers, including Frantz Fanon, Claude Levi-Strauss, and Giles Deleuze.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In addition, the class toured a number of art museums, focusing on works that influenced and were influenced by French philosophical developments.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Taking historical walks of the Right and Left Banks, visiting significant monuments, and sampling cuisine, the students came to engage with the broader culture that formed the background for what Alain Badiou has termed &ldquo;the adventure of recent French philosophy.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Philosophy Embraces Paris Sat, 03 Oct 2015 17:47:00 MDT <p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Seventeen students have joined Jonathan Lee and Dennis McEnnerney in Paris to investigate &ldquo;French Philosophy in Context: 1930 to the Present.&rdquo;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The course combines exploration of the major forms of recent French philosophy &ndash; existentialism, structuralism, and poststructuralism &ndash; with inquiry into the historical and cultural practices that have shaped the distinctive questions and approaches French thinkers bring to philosophy.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>While reading texts by major thinkers &ndash; Sartre, Camus, Beauvoir, Fanon, Lacan, Barthes, Derrida, Foucault, Cixous, and Iragaray, among others &ndash; the class has engaged Paris in a number of ways.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The first week, largely devoted to existentialism, included historical walks of central Paris to gain a sense of the history of France and the construction of its center of power; museum visits to explore the parallels between modern philosophy and art; and a morning visit to a dynamic lyc<span style="mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&eacute;</span>e, or high school, to develop an understanding of the French education system.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">During the second week, the course took on structuralism, which included a trip to the Pantheon after considering Lacan&rsquo;s provocative essay, &ldquo;The Signification of the Phallus.&rdquo;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The week was enriched by sessions with two philosophy professors from the University of Paris - Nanterre-La Defense, Fran&ccedil;ois Cusset and Patrice Maniglier, both of whom are concerned in their work with the implications of poststructuralism.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In the third and fourth weeks, the class will continue exploring the cultural significance of monuments, like the Eiffel Tower, and probing the philosophical implications of contemporary arts at the Pompidou Center.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>A third rising young scholar, Anne Sauvagnargues, will also spend an afternoon with the class, discussing her current philosophical research.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Meanwhile, the instructors have also engaging Paris on their own.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Just before the class began, Dennis McEnnerney, with history professor Tip Ragan, gave a 90-minute lecture and discussion in French on American culture and global affairs to a group of 70 lyc<span style="mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&eacute;</span>e students.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>And Jonathan Lee will give a public lecture in the third week of the block at the University of Paris - Nanterre-La Defense on &ldquo;Philosophical Insurgency in Jean-Luc Godard.&rdquo;</p> CC Philosophy Students Study in Paris Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:01:00 MST ]]> <p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Jonathan Lee and Dennis McEnnerney completed teaching the first ever (but not last!) Colorado College philosophy seminar in Paris.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Their course, &ldquo;French Philosophy in Context: Existentialism to Globalization,&rdquo; surveyed the main currents of French philosophy since the 1930s.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The course investigated philosophical discussions of existentialism, French feminism, decolonization, structuralism, deconstruction, post-structuralism, immigration, globalization, and the new realism.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The class met at R&eacute;sidence du Palais, a traditional familial pension, located directly across the street from the Luxembourg Gardens in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, where the students were also lodged.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Aside from being one of the most attractive neighborhoods of Paris, the 6th is also one of the intellectual centers of Paris, close to the Latin Quarter, home of the Sorbonne and the College de France, and the Ecole Normale, the institution that produced most of the scholars read in the course.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Also, within blocks of the pension were the colleges (middle schools) and lycees (high schools) attended by most of the course&rsquo;s authors.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Why study in Paris for a block? Partly because the unusual history of France and the especially focused nature of the modern French educational system give philosophy a character unlike that found in any other country.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Where else are philosophers entombed in a Pantheon?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Where else is philosophy seen as so central to the stability and character of modern society that every advanced high school student must study philosophy and be expected to master the main tenants of modern philosophy in order to gain entry to any kind of institution of higher learning?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Where else has the organizational character of modern society been so developed and led people so to question the power of organization?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">A block in Paris focused on recent French philosophy also allowed the students to engage with a cohesive body of literature central to the discipline while residing in Paris made visceral the reasons generations of French intellectuals have felt driven to raise basic questions concerning the meaning of life.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In addition to field trips designed to connect the history and culture of France and the character of recent French philosophy, the course also benefited from visits by four younger faculty members teaching philosophy in France: Patrice Maniglier of the University of Paris X &ndash; Nanterre; Lissa Lincoln of the American University of Paris; Tzuchien Tho of the &Eacute;cole Normale Sup&eacute;rieure; and Fran<span style="mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&ccedil;</span>ois Cusset of the University of Paris X &ndash; Nanterre.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">One student summed up the block especially well:</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .5in;"><em>The experience of being immersed in the life and culture of Paris, working daily and intimately with professors and students, deep inquiry into and analysis of the ideas within French philosophy which transcend all disciplines and are relevant to modern society and life in so many ways, and constant essay-writing with helpful feedback/criticism on those essays made an extremely significant contribution to my education</em>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Based on positive feedback, Jonathan and Dennis hope to offer the course regularly in the future &ndash; every other year, if possible.</p>