This course will explore the issue of the uneasy relationship between decontruction and politics. We will begin by reading Derrida, after which we will explore the work of his contemporaries and critics. Readings could include Derrida's Of Hospitiality, On Cosmopolitanism and Forgiveness, Politics of Friendship, Specters of Marx, Ernesto Laclau's Hegemony and Socialist Strategy, Gilles Deleuze's What is Philosophy?, Giorgio Agamben's State of Exception, Lyotard's The Differend, and Butler, Laclau, and Žižek's Contingency, Hegemony, Universality.
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