Minor in Contemporary Studies - The Deconstruction of the Tradition CTMP 4000X/Y    The Deconstruction of the Tradition
This class aims to provide an understanding of deconstruction as a main philosophical movement of the last forty years. The premise of deconstruction has been to abandon totalizing models of thinking in favor of forms of discourse that can accommodate pluralism and alterity. We will thus focus on thinkers and writers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century who have questioned fundamental concepts of Western philosophy, such as identity, selfhood, representation, truth, essence, and origin. The common focus will be a reflection on language and an inquiry into its epistemic, ethical, political and cultural determinations. At the same time, we will also look critically at the writings of the core thinkers in this course and reassess them through the lens of postcolonial theory. Thus, we will also consider language as a tool of epistemic – and even ontological – violence.
NOTES: Credit can only be given for this course if X and Y are completed in consecutive terms and partial credit cannot be given for a single term.
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