Friday, January 17, 2014
your turn #1: human nature, war, peace, fear, being a woman
let's play by ear with this first post since we got a slow start because of textbook issues.
we've talked about many things. i'll try to group them the best i can.
the importance of human nature in a discussion about political philosophy (p. 7-9) of our text for a briefing.
generally this idea of "nature" refers to essential properties, i.e., independent of cultural context,
i.e., this is the way we're "wired" by nature.
problem is that when we try to investigate what is a political subject, we often gloss over other relevant identitary notes, such as woman? black? lesbian? immigrant?
a bit from this week along with some of the ancillary ideas explored in class:
Hegemony, as explored by Ernesto Laclau.
addressing the media as a form of embeddedness:
Marshall McLuhan's The Medium is the Massage,
Guy Debord's Society of the Spectacle,
Update: 2 forms of false consciousness (as explored by Owen's essay):
1- Marx's falsch Bewusstsein (which takes Marx to say: "Der Mensch macht die Religion, die Religion macht nicht den Menschen").
2- Sartre's mauvaise foi
there are pending readings of Mary Wollstonecraft, Carol Gilligan, Rousseau, etc.
aside for metaphysics, there is a side of the discussion that intersect with sciences such as natural science, evolutionary biology, anthropology, psychology, etc. keep this in mind.
so, what's your take? don't be shy. this is a first try, we'll get better at this.
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