Five College Consortium

Body in Contemp. Philosophy

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Humanities Arts Cultural Stu

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Hampshire College
This course examines contemporary philosophical questions about the body: What is the significance of the corporeal interdependence we sustain with others and the world? What part does this play in creating bodily boundaries and spatial orientations? How do discipline, technology, and commerce shape bodies? In what ways is the body linked to language and other aesthetic idioms? To affect and materiality? How does the body signify intersecting forms of difference, such as those of race, class, gender, and sexuality? And how do these differences signify the body? What is at stake in distinctions between human and nonhuman bodies? Why do some senses seem to be more closely affiliated with the body than others? What conceptions of power, hierarchy, and sociality do figurations of the body imply? Readings by Merleau-Ponty, Lacan, Fanon, Foucault, Kristeva, Irigaray, Butler, Korsmeyer, Alcoff, Weiss, Ahmed, and others.

Culture, Humanities, and Languages Writing and Research Multiple Cultural Perspectives Independent Work

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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Body in Contemp. Philosophy
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0

Monique Roelofs

12:30PM-01:50PM T,TH

Franklin Patterson Hall 105