HS 474: Postmodernism and Philosophy

Enlightenment reason and its fragile interior:  Validity claims and normative action, immanent and transcendent sources of realism and its critique through Kant, Nietzsche, Foucault and Deleuze.

Derrida`s radical critique of knowledge: Deconstruction, Singularity and Alterity, Identity, Erasure; Subjectivity and Responsibility .in Emmanuel Levinas and Derrida.

Recovering the text the and meaning:  Communicative action of Habermas, Honneth�s Critique of power, Lyotard�s  Report on Knowledge.

Indeterminacy of meanings: Pragmatism of Richard Rorty, Internal realism of Hilary Putnam and belief revision in David Lewis.

After the subject: Otherness in Helen Cixous, Femininity in Luce Irigaray, Presence in Jean Luc Nancy.

Critiquing natural and human sciences:  science as Praxis, Phenomenology of natural sciences, The neo-Heideggerian critique of science as a critical enterprise.

Postpositivism and critical realism: Satya P. Mohanty and Roy Bhaskar.

Texts/References

Giles Deleuze,  Difference and Repetition, Athlone Press, New York,1994.

Jacques Derrida, Who's Afraid of Philosophy?: Right to Philosophy 1, Stanford University Press, Stanford (2002)

Jurgen Habermas, The Liberating Power of Symbols: Philosophical Essays, translated by Peter Dews, MIT Press, Massachusettes, 2001.

Jean-Francois Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1986.

Richard Rorty, Philosophy and Social Hope. Penguin Books, London, 1999.

Hilary Putnam, Reason, Truth and History, Cambridge University Press, 1981.

David Lewis, Ways of Worldmaking, Hackett, Indianapolis, 1978.

Helen Cixous, Stigmata: Escaping Texts, Routledge, London, 1998.

Luce Irigaray, The Forgetting of Air in Martin Heidegger, University of Texas Press, Texas, 1999.

Thomas A. Carlson,  Reduction and Donation: Investigations of Husserl, Heidegger, and Phenomenology, Northwestern University Press, Evanston, 1998.

Satya P. Mohanty, Literary Theory and the Claims of History: Postmodernism, Objectivity and Multicultural Politics, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 1999.