PHIL 390.001 – Seminar in Selected Topics (Philosophy at the Margins)

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Instructor: Mariska Leunissen. This course meets R 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. in CH 220 via in-person (on-campus learners) instruction.

Topic: Philosophy at the Margins

This is a seminar course that offers an intensive exploration and discussion of selected topics in philosophy. This year we will focus on the question “What is philosophy? (And who decides this anyway?)” by exploring articles and book chapters that are written in areas of philosophy that have traditionally been ignored and/or are written by marginalized people and/or are otherwise considered to be outside the core areas of philosophy. Readings will be drawn from Indigenous American Philosophy; Philosophy of the Latin Americas; Africana Philosophy; Black Existentialism; Philosophy of Disability; Philosophy of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Mothering; Philosophy of Love and Sex; Trans Philosophy; and others.

Class meetings are discussion-based and assignments include writing an autoethnography and building an educational webpage instead of writing traditional research papers.

Prerequisite: 1 PHIL course.