Selected Topics in Philosophy II: Conflicts of Natures (PHIL*3350) | College of Arts

Selected Topics in Philosophy II: Conflicts of Natures (PHIL*3350)

Code and section: PHIL*3350*01

Term: Fall 2021

Instructor: Gordon Trenbeth


Method of Delivery:

This course will be delivered with a hybrid AD-S Virtual and face-to-face format.  Mondays will consist of an online/virtual lecture through Microsoft Teams at 4:00 pm to 5:20 pm, and Wednesdays will consist of face-to-face seminar discussion sessions at 4:00 pm to 5:20 pm on campus. 

Course Synopsis:

This course will allow students to engage with selections from Marxist and Feminist thinkers on topics of human nature, the natural world, and the often troubled intersection thereof.  Specifically, this course will explore how our conceptions of human nature naturalize injustices and exploitation, both within human communities and in our relationships with the non-human world.

Assignments & Means of Evaluation:

  • Weekly reflection papers – 20%
  • First essay – 30 %
  • Final essay outline – 10%
  • Final essay – 40%

Required Textbooks:

Karl Marx – Selected Writings ISBN 978-0-87220-218-4
Carolyn Merchant - The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution ISBN 978-0-06250-595-8
Kohei Saito - Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism ISBN 978-1-5836764-0-0

Please note:  This is a preliminary web course outline only.  The Philosophy Department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.

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