SENIOR SEMINAR: RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PHILOSOPHER
Hugh J. Silverman
Spring Semester 2011 | Wednesdays 5:20-8:40 p.m. | Harriman Hall 218 (Solzberg Library)
What are the responsibilities of the philosopher? Continental philosophers have addressed this question in many different ways. As a capstone philosophy seminar, we shall ask some of the following questions: What does it mean to be responsible? What does it mean 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?. What does it mean to be responsible for another person, for other people, for sexual difference? to act responsibly (ethically) – toward oneself, toward strangers, toward one’s guests, toward the environment, toward the contemporary political world, within the university to which the student and professor belong, and toward the society in which one lives or in which others live? What does it mean for there to be responsibility entre nous? These are just some of the many issues that we shall explore through the writings of Jean-Paul Sartre, Emmanuel Levinas, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva, Bernard Stiegler, and Gianni Vattimo.