Mar 31, 2020  
2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PHI 295-01 - Special Topic: Politics and Aesthetics

4 credits (Fall)
Beginning with an exploration of the Frankford School critique of the early entertainment industry (Benjamin, Horkheimer and Adorno), this class explores the shifting relations in the 20th and 21st century between sensory experience and political ideology. Topics include the role of the artistic avant-garde in revolutionary politics, capitalism as a culture of “spectacles,” the role of games and play in social life, and the politics of the digital interface and big data. Authors may include, Plato, Marcuse, Debord, Foucault, Baudrillard, Zizek, Rancière, Wark and Galloway.

Prerequisite: One 100-level philosophy course.
Instructor: Ramey