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PHM 4100: Social Philosophy

Course Description for Social Philosophy

PHM4100: Social Philosophy

Description: This course is an advanced introduction to social philosophy. While most of philosophy focuses on ontological, transcendental, or otherwise universal categories, inhering either in being or the subject, social philosophers analyze the extent to which basic conditions and structures of experience are socially constituted or shaped. This involves a rethinking of rationality, agency, and freedom—even truth and meaning—as grounded in social structures or processes. The relation between social reality and normative issues like autonomy, rationality, and truth distinguishes social philosophy from sociology, while grounding normative issues in social processes differentiates social philosophy from other domains in philosophy. The course covers classic roots in Marx, Durkheim, and Weber, as well contemporary philosophers like Michel Foucault, Pierre Bourdieu, Jürgen Habermas, Anthony Giddens, and Judith Butler.