Course Information

Title:  Rethinking, Reworking Revolution (PHI-8710-004)

Professor:  Gabriel Rockhill

Time:  Spring 2014 / Wednesday, 6-8:30 p.m.

Location:  Vasey Hall 203, Villanova University (in Collaboration with the Collège International de Philosophie)

Room:  TBA

Office Hours:  TBA or by appointment (SAC 171)

E-mail:  gabriel.rockhill@gmail.com

Required Material

You are free to use other copies of the books listed below or scan/photocopy the relevant sections (depending on the length).  However, these are the editions that will be referenced in class.

  1. Arendt, Hannah. On Revolution. New York: Penguin Books, 2006.
  2. Condorcet, Jean-Antoine-Nicolas de Caritat. Condorcet: Political Writings. Edited by Steven Lukes and Nadia Urbinati. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  3. Wollstonecraft, Mary. A Vindication of the Rights of Men; with A Vindication of the Rights of Woman; and Hints. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
  4. Laclau, Ernesto, and Chantal Mouffe. Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics. London; New York: Verso, 2001.
  5. Hugo, Victor. Ninety-Three. Rock Island, Ill.: Necropolis Press, 2012.
  6. Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm. The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche. Edited by Alan D. Schrift and Duncan Large.  Vol. 8:  Beyond Good and Evil / On the Genealogy of Morality.  Translated by Adrian Del Caro.  Stanford:  Stanford University Press, 2014.
    1. Alternate version:  Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm. On the Genealogy of Morality. Edited by Keith Ansell-Pearson. Translated by Carol Diethe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  7. Badiou, Alain. The Rebirth of History: Themes of Riots and Uprisings. London: Verso, 2012.
  8. Essays and articles will be made available to you electronically.  It is required that you bring hard or electronic copies of them to every class.

It is also highly recommended that you keep abreast of current events through the course of the semester by consulting and comparing various media sources (conservative and progressive, American and foreign, corporate and publicly funded, etc.).  More specifically, it is strongly recommended that you consult well-known alternative sources of information like Democracy Now!, CounterPunch, The NationTruthdig, FAIR, Information Clearing House, Mother JonesLe Monde Diplomatique, etc.

Optional Background Material

  1. DeFronzo, James. Revolutionary Movements in World History: From 1750 to the Present. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2006.
  2. DeFronzo, James. Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2011.
  3. Hobsbawm, Eric. The Age of Revolution, 1789-1848. New York: Vintage Books, 1996.
  4. Hobsbawm, Eric. The Age of Capital, 1848-1875. New York: Vintage Books, 1996.
  5. Hobsbawm, Eric. The Age of Empire, 1875-1914. New York: Vintage, 1989.
  6. Hobsbawm, Eric. The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991. New York: Vintage Books, 1996.

Requirements

  1. Attendance and participation
  2. At least one blog post and brief oral presentation based on one or more of the optional readings and/or films
  3. At least two responses to blog posts
  4. Final paper and participation in research symposium

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