Current Controversies in Critical Theory
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Cultural Studies
Course Number: LCST 4457
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
- Cultural Studies
- Media Studies
- Media & Culture
This course takes a current debate among theorists and studies not just the issues at hand in that debate but the dynamics of critical dialog. Are such debates structured around logics internal to critical language itself, or do they respond to or reflect events in the world? The particular debates that structure this debate are those that go by the names 'speculative realism' and 'object oriented ontology.' These related movements burst on the philosophical, theoretical and cultural scenes in the last few years, spawning publishing programs, conferences, art wold events and so on. We will examine a selection of key texts, looking in particular at the more applied end of this work, and put these back into the context of the material practices of writing and publishing. Selected authors will include philosophers Quentin Meillassoux and François Laruelle, but also cultural critics such as Timothy Morton and Ian Bogost.
Open to Undergraduate students.
Open to Fifth Year students.
Open to Senior students.