Wittgenstein’s World

This is the power point file for a lecture on Wittgenstein’s reflections on “the world” in his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.

Political Philosophy as a Diagnostic Practice

We can distinguish three styles of political philosophy: abstract, normative theorizing, political realism, and a diagnostic practice. I argue that the third is the most fundamental in that it concerns the epistemological conditions of political thinking.This is a power point file for a lecture given at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, on April 21, 2018, and then in revised form at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, on April 27.

The Exercise of Power: An Introduction to Political Philosophy (Philosophy 115)

Our global political order is in flux and our political institutions appear increasingly unstable. Can we still rely on the insights of traditional political philosophy? It is certainly not enough to think about normative principles, as political philosophy has tended to do. It needs to move, instead, from abstract normative theorizing to a diagnostic practice aimed at a realistic view of the political terrain and its possibilities.

Michel Foucault (Philosophy 189)

A comprehensive examination of the writings of Michel Foucault that focuses on his attempt to re-think what philosophy can do and what it can mean to us. The course will concern itself, in particular with his changing conception of the subject or self from his critique of Kant’s “empirico-transcendendental double” through his understanding of the self as a function of power-relations to his discovery of “the care of the self” in his late writings.