After completing the course, students will understand and be able to apply the central concepts, scientific debate and philosophical argumentation covered during the course. Students will learn to identify and critically assess key positions and trends in critical social theory and philosophy, as well as contemporary discussions regarding diagnoses of the times. Students will be able to apply the relevant arguments and their justifications.
Depending on resources, a lecture course will be offered during teaching periods 1–4.
Various trends in critical social theory and diagnoses of the times, such as the Frankfurt School, post-structuralist social criticism and the genealogical ontology of the present. The course covers a number of philosophical questions which revolve around how thinking, ideas and argumentation are temporal, dependent on culture or in close relation with their contemporary societies. The course topics link to a number of other fields of practical philosophy, such as ethics, social philosophy and philosophy of the social sciences.
The reading list is a recommendation. The purpose of the list is to guide students in finding appropriate literature, not to direct them to use exactly the literature below in their essays or faculty examinations. Students are recommended to select the appropriate literature on the subject matter and immediate background of their Master's thesis. Students are urged to discuss their choices with their Master's thesis supervisor, and the selected literature is always to be agreed upon with the examiner in advance and in good time. The selected literature must aim to build a sensible whole that is sufficiently coherent in terms of the chosen topic.
A. Allen: The Politics of Our Selves: Power, Autonomy, and Gender in Contemporary Critical Theory, and The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory; H. Arendt: The Human Condition; S. Benhabib: Critique, Norm and Utopia; M. Cooke: Re-Presenting the Good Society; J. Derrida: Spectres of Marx, and Cosmopolitanism and Forgiveness; Rainer Forst: Justification and Critique; M. Foucault: Discipline and Punish, The History of Sexuality: Introduction, Power, and Ethics: Subjectivity and Truth, and Dits et Ecrits; N. Fraser: Scales of Justice; N. Fraser & A. Honneth: Redistribution or recognition?; J. Habermas: The Philosophical Discourse on Modernity and Postmetaphysical Thinking; I. Hacking: Historical Ontology; A. Honneth: The Struggle for Recognition; D. Hoy & T. McCarthy: Critical Theory; D. Hoy: Critical Resistance; C. Koopman: Genealogy as Critique; D. Owen: Maturity and Modernity: Nietzsche, Weber, Foucault and the Ambivalence of Reason; D. Rasmussen (ed.): Handbook of Critical Theory
Study method is online examination in Examinarium. First enroll in WebOodi. Then contact the teacher about the books. Then make the time and place reservation in Examinarium: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/examinarium-en/
Resources permitting, the course will consist of a lecture course and its written assignments, an essay, or a book exam.