10:30 AM to 01:10 PM R
Section Information for Spring 2021
Global Social Thought is an experimental investigation into alternatives to classical Western social theory, an exploration of "The Great Books of the Nonwestern World" and some contemporary Nonwestern intellectuals. One major assumption underlies the organization of this course: our knowledge is so profoundly influenced by the social context in which it is constructed that our theories should not be based exclusively on reflections of the Euro-American experience.
We will explore a proposition that grows out of that assumption: whereas most Western social theory is a response to the European Enlightenment, French and Industrial Revolutions, and subsequent developments, recent non-Western theory is a reaction to the fundamental phenomena of colonialism (and neocolonialism), racism, capitalism/industrialism, and other forms of oppression (e.g., patriarchy) and efforts to escape them. Pre-modern nonwestern theory is generally closer to nature and tends to grow out of collective social efforts to thrive collaboratively in various ecological contexts.