Spring 2017 Topic Seminar, PHIL 371: Contemporary Political Theory, Firmin Debrabander, Wednesday 4-6:45pm, B480
In this class we will consider some of the most prominent contemporary and recent authors in political theory. If the authors we read are no longer with us, their ideas certainly are, and we will consider them as part of a larger discussion or narrative on a collection of political themes. Questions we will consider in this course include: What is the role and place of religion in modern liberal democracies? What resources, if any, does religion offer politics in a secular age? How shall liberal democracies negotiate multiculturalism, and integrating not so liberal populations? Also, what is the relationship of violence to the modern state? How or where does the modern state make use of violence, in perhaps unseen or unnoticed ways? What roles should government play in alleviating poverty, or solving social ills? And why does democracy in particular seem to suffer increasing apathy, a decline in the enthusiasm—and faith—of its citizens?