PHI 435: SENIOR SEMINAR:     CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY TODAY

“THE QUESTION OF RESPONSIBILITY

AND THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PHILOSOPHER”

 

            FALL SEMESTER 2007 - Mondays 6:30-9:30 p.m. -  HARRIMAN 118 - Prof. Hugh J. Silverman

Office Hours: Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:30 and by appointment.

Office: Harriman Hall 203.  Telephone: 632-7592.  hugh.silverman@stonybrook.edu

                                                                                 

The Senior Seminar will focus on Continental Philosophy as practiced today.  Emphasis will be placed on the different ways in which continental philosophers address the question of the responsibility and in particular the responsibilities of the philosopher—what does it mean to be responsible? to place responsibility upon oneself as a person? as a philosopher? as a citizen of the world? to understand the experience of freedom and to enact it – as a philosopher? to be responsible for another person, for other people, for sexual difference? to act responsibly (ethically) – toward strangers, toward one’s guests, toward the environment, toward the contemporary political world, toward the academic world to which the student and professor belong, and toward the society in which one lives or in which others live?

 

Each student shall write three short papers (about 4-6 pages in length).  The first paper should relate to the issues and concerns of Sartre, Merleau-Ponty,and Levinas; the second on Foucault, Derrida,and Kristeva; and the third on Lyotard and Irigaray. Each of these papers should take up the question of responsibility – and in particular the responsibilities of the philosopher.

Papers are due on Oct 8,  Nov.12, and Dec.10

 

In addition, each member of the class shall prepare a protocol for one or two of the seminar sessions.  The person responsible for a particular week will write up an account of what transpired in class the previous week and will make a copy available to each of the members of the class prior to the beginning of class. The protocol for a particular week will be discussed at the outset of the class.   This will give all members of the class an opportunity to review what transpired in the previous session and to raise any lingering issues or topics that may not have been sufficiently treated when first presented.

 

Also on for each class, each student will be asked to write up one question concerning the readings for the day. This question must be printed out and reproduced with enough copies for all students in the seminar.  It should elaborate an issue that is crucial to the understanding of the text and the philosophy and in particular with respect to the question of responsibility. We will discuss the questions in class.

 

Readings:

SARTRE                       Existentialism and Human Emotions (Citadel Press / Kensington Publishing Corp)

MERLEAU-PONTY       Texts and Dialogues (Humanity Books)

LEVINAS                      Entre Nous (Columbia University Press)

FOUCAULT                  Language, Counter-Memory, Practice (Cornell University Press)

DERRIDA                     Of Hospitality (Stanford University Press)

KRISTEVA                    Strangers to Ourselves (Columbia University Press)

LYOTARD                     The Differend (Minnesota)

IRIGARAY                    An Ethics of Sexual Difference (Cornell University Press)

 

Recommended for additional reading:

SILVERMAN                             Inscriptions: After Phenomenology and Structuralism (Northwestern)

SILVERMAN                             Textualities: Between Hermeneutics and Deconstruction     (Routledge)

SILVERMAN (ed)                      Derrida and Deconstruction (Routledge)

SILVERMAN (ed)                      Lyotard: Philosophy, Politics and the Sublime (Routledge

 

 

 

 

 

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PHI 435: SENIOR SEMINAR:                                   

CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY TODAY

THE QUESTION OF RESPONSIBILITY

AND THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PHILOSOPHER

 

            FALL SEMESTER 2007 - Mondays 6:30-9:30 p.m. -  HARRIMAN 118 - Prof. Hugh J. Silverman

Office Hours: Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:30 and by appointment.

Office: Harriman Hall 203.  Telephone: 632-7592.  hugh.silverman@stonybrook.edu

                                                                                 

                                                                            Schedule

 

DATE               TOPIC                                      READING                                                           PROTOCOL

 

Sept. 10             Introduction      

 

Sept. 17             SARTRE                      Existentialism and Human Emotions

 

Sept. 24             SARTRE                      Existentialism and Human Emotions

 

Oct.1                MERLEAU-PONTY      Texts and Dialogues (selections – TBA)

 

Oct. 8               LEVINAS                     Entre Nous

 

{first paper due}

 

Oct. 15              FOUCAULT                 Language, Counter-Memory, Practice (selections – TBA)

 

Oct. 22              DERRIDA                    Of Hospitality

 

Oct. 29              DERRIDA                     Of Hospitality

 

Nov. 5               KRISTEVA                    Strangers to Ourselves

 

Nov.12              KRISTEVA                    Strangers to Ourselves

 

{second paper due}

 

Nov. 19             LYOTARD                     The Differend

 

Nov. 26             LYOTARD                     The Differend

 

Dec. 3               IRIGARAY                    An Ethics of Sexual Difference

 


Dec. 10             IRIGARAY                    An Ethics of Sexual Difference

 

            {third paper due}

 

Dec. 17             summaries and conclusions – class held during exam week