Professor Stephen Eric Bronner



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Professor Stephen Eric Bronner

Bronner@rci.rutgers.edu

Department of Political Science

790:608—Contemporary Political Theory, Fall 2014

Thursdays 3:00 – 5:40, Hickman 313

Office Hours: 2:00 – 3:00 Thursday, Hickman 306

Syllabus

This course will center on representative works of the major trends or traditions in twentieth century political theory: liberalism, conservatism, communitarianism, critical theory, postmodernism, and the like. The course will evidence a certain interdisciplinary quality, and the reading is fairly heavy: Be prepared to make a serious commitment. Requirements will include an in-class presentation and 2 essay exams.


Required Readings

Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem

Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition

Eduard Bernstein, The Preconditions of Socialism

Ernst Bloch, Heritage of Our Times

Stephen Eric Bronner and Douglas Kellner (ed.’s), Critical Theory and Society

Stephen Eric Bronner, Ideas in Action

Stephen Eric Bronner, Reclaiming the Enlightenment

Stephen Bronner (ed.), Twentieth Century Political Theory

Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

Michel Foucault, The Foucault Reader (ed. Paul Rabinow)


Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom

Antonio Gramsci, The Prison Notebooks

Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, Dialectic of Enlightenment

Jean-Luc Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition

Andrew MacDonald, The Turner Diaries

Herbert Marcuse et al., A Critique of Tolerance

Herbert Marcuse, Eros and Civilization

Carl Schmitt, The Concept of the Political



Robert Tucker (ed.), The Lenin Reader


Course Schedule

Week 1: Tradition (9/4)

Bronner, Ideas in Action, pgs. 1-25


Week 2: Liberalism
(9/11)

Bronner and Kellner, Critical Theory and Society, pgs. 136-145



Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom

Marcuse, “Repressive Tolerance” in Critique of Pure Tolerance



Ideas in Action, pgs. 26-40
Week 3: Communitarianism
(9/18)

Arendt, The Human Condition



Ideas in Action, pgs. 41-54
Week 4: Conservatism (9/25)


Schmitt, The Concept of the Political

Oakeshott, “On Being Conservative” in Bronner (ed.), Twentieth Century Political Theory

Strauss, “What is Liberal Education?” in Twentieth Century Political Theory

Ideas in Action, pgs. 55-67
Week 5: Socialism
(10/2)

Bernstein, The Preconditions of Socialism



Ideas in Action, pgs. 83-107
Week 6: Communism (10/9)


Gramsci, The Prison Notebooks, pgs. 3-43, 123-276, and 378-418

Lenin, “What is to be Done?” in Tucker (ed.), The Lenin Reader

Ideas in Action, pgs. 126-140
Week 7: Fascism
(10/16)

Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem

MacDonald, The Turner Diaries

Ideas in Action, pgs. 108-125
Week 8: Critical Theory
(10/23)

Critical Theory and Society, pgs. 25-37, 52-58, 95-128, 145-155, and 276-313

Ideas in Action, pgs. 170-186

FILM: Herbert's Hippopotamus: Marcuse and Revolution in Paradise


Week 9: The Radical Imagination
(10/30)

Marcuse, Eros and Civilization



Fromm,

Ideas in Action, pgs. 206-220
Week 10: Social Movements
(11/6)

Bloch, “Non-synchronous Contradictions” in Heritage of Our Times, pgs. 95-113, 125-159



Ideas in Action, pgs. 223-264
Week 11: Postmodernism and Poststructuralism
(11/13)

Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition

Rabinow (ed.), The Foucault Reader, pgs. 31-120, 141-169, 206-214, and 331-38

Ideas in Action, pgs.187-205
Week 12: The Forgotten
(11/20)

Lenin, Imperialism: The Last Stage of Capitalism

Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

Ideas in Action, pgs. 281-297
Week 13: Conclusion
(12/4)

Bronner, Reclaiming the Enlightenment



Ideas in Action, pgs. 299-338
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