Courses for the Winter

Here is what I’m teaching in the Winter, one an undergraduate course, and the second a combined senior-level/graduate seminar:

PHL 2500: Contemporary Issues
What is time? It’s almost a cliche to say that we are living in more “sped-up” times, that we are more or less forced to make decisions in continual modes of crisis. In this class, we will look to how different conceptions of time in modernity are behind major cultural shifts in capitalism as well as our relationship to the past and future. We will begin with canonical readings in the philosophy of time, then turn to recent philosophical work on the changing considerations of time in modernity, especially as it relates to the political.

PHL 4843: Seminar in 20/21st Century Continental Philosophy
This course will take up the important work of Jacques Derrida. In particular, we will be focusing on his challenging reconceptions of time, in order to combat readings that would make Derrida merely as part of the “linguistic turn.” Derrida’s work will be related to thinkers such as Heidegger, Luce Irigaray, and Jean-Luc Nancy. Since Derrida’s work often was itself a reading of various canonical figures, we will read from these figures to set up Derrida’s own texts and to think through the validity of these readings.