Theorizing Crisis
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Philosophy
Course Number: GPHI 6691
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
  • Social Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
After a period of relative neglect, critical theorists are again faced with the pressing need to develop a “crisis critique” of modern societies. Earlier, such critiques focused above all on the crisis-prone character of capitalism as an economic system. Today, however, crisis critique must also encompass other societal dimensions, including the ecological, the political, the cultural and the social-reproductive. With the aim of fostering such theorizing, this seminar will canvass leading variants of crisis critique in order to assess their strengths and weaknesses. We will also interrogate the concept of “crisis,” situating it in relation to opposed or related concepts, such as “catastrophe,” “decline and fall,” “revolution,” “emancipation,” and “utopia,” while also problematizing the relation of crisis critique to functionalism, on the one hand, and to normative critique, on the other. Readings by Koselleck, Marx, Luxemburg, Polanyi, Keynes, Schumpeter, Habermas, C. Offe, J. O’Connor, V. Shiva, H. Rosa, S. Rai, R. Jaeggi, J. B. Foster, and others.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Not open to Undergraduate students.