Selected Topics I (PHIL*6930) | College of Arts

Selected Topics I (PHIL*6930)

Code and section: PHIL*6930*01

Term: Winter 2018

Instructor: Omid Payrow Shabani


Globalization has shrunk the distance between different communities and increased contact among people, making state boundaries more and more insufficient to govern claims of justice exclusively. Along these lines we are witnessing the rise of transnational and cosmopolitan political agencies and actors. In this course we will be examining the history of the nation-state and its development in order to see whether in confronting the pressures of globalization it can survive or will be replaced by “postnational” regimes. In doing so we will start with Kant’s Political Writing to situate the founding moment of the republican state and its association with other states at the international level toward the end of cosmopolitan order. We will follow this discussion with Habermas’ Inclusion of the Other to see if the nation-state has exhausted its potentials.

Course Outline

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.