I put this up on Facebook, but rightly I get much better responses when I post about Brad than anything else. Memorial’s grad program (henceforth on this blog: MUN for Memorial University of Newfoundland) requires students in the second semester of the first year to do a “reading” course, which I think is uncommon in the U.S., but more common elsewhere. Students choose a topic and then spend a semester reading a series of work with a prof of their choosing.
I’m excited by two of the topics students have chosen, but could use some help with articles/books/book chapters that might not be coming to mind right now.
1. One student is working on the concept of self-Other relation in 20th-century Continental Jewish philosophy (quite a lot of adjectives there, huh?), ending with selections from feminist responses/readings of this tradition. The three main figures we’ll be reading in the first part of the course will be Buber, Rosenzweig, and Levinas. I have Levinas well covered in terms of feminist responses (readings from Chanter, Irigaray, and Butler). But suggestions on Buber and Rosenzweig would be appreciated.
2. Spinoza and biopolitics: this started out as a project on Spinoza and contemporary feminism then Spinoza and race and finally just Spinoza and the biopolitical. This meets up with Hardt and Negri’s reading of him, but we’ll be reading closely the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus (with reference, of course, to the metaphysics of the Ethics). There’s been a lot on biopolitics, but a critical analysis of Spinozism would be helpful.