PHIL 276.001 – Ideology, Capitalism, and Critique
Instructor: Pavel Nitchovski. This course meets MTWRF 9:45 – 11:15 a.m. in CW 208 via in-person instruction.
In this class, we will study texts that consider how (oftentimes implicit or concealed) ideological commitments shape our culture and our social reality. Questions to be addressed include: What is ideology? What role does it play in socio-cultural life, especially in the capitalist market? Does it present a special problem for the possibility of social criticism? What would a critique of ideology look like? Can a critique of ideology helpfully contribute to critiques of anti-semitism, racism and misogyny?
Authors to be discussed include: Marx and theorists in the Marxist tradition; the protagonists of the Frankfurt School Critical Theory (Adorno, Horkheimer); and contemporary philosophers (such as Jaeggi, Fraser, Shelby and Haslanger) on social, sexist, and racist ideology.