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Division: The New School for Social Research
Course Number: GANT 6220
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Heidegger's famous dictum that "man is world-forming, the animal is poor in world, a stone is worldless" was dealt from a deck heavily stacked by the anthropocentrist. Not surprisingly, the first term has proved uncontroversial. Pet-lovers, primatologists, and scholars in animal studies are working on the second. The third is proving more stubborn. In this course, we will seek out scholarly and non-scholarly literature that can help us find different ways to characterize the "inanimate." Readings may include Roger Caillois, Yasunari Kawabata, Jonathan Hay, Elizabeth Grosz, Georges Bataille, John Law, Elaine Scarry, Francois Jullien, Tim Ingold, Jurgis Baltrusaitis, W.J.T. Mitchell, Alphonso Lingis, and Jane Bennett. For MA students of the NSSR anthropology department, this seminar fulfills the requirements of a Perspectives course. Permission of Instructor is required for students outside of the NSSR Division.
Not open to Undergraduate students.