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CODE PHI2010

 
TITLE The Modernism/Postmodernism Debate: (a) Politics and Postmodernism (b) Ethics and Postmodernism

 
LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Philosophy

 
DESCRIPTION Politics and Postmodernism

Content:
This study-unit seeks to probe the political controversy surrounding multiculturalism in terms of an inquiry whether the institutions of liberal democratic government make room (or should make room) for recognizing the worth of distinctive cultural traditions. It is aimed at a critical response to the question whether there is a dangerous tendency of multicultural politics to gloss over some tensions which we see emerging today between personal and collective identities such as those shaped by religion, gender, ethnicity, race and sexuality. Students will be expected to present a seminar presentation for discussion in class, followed by a fuller and tidied version of the paper, at the end of the unit, for final assessment.

Ethics and Postmodernism

Content:
This study-unit is a study of some of the major ethical concerns relating to present day social transformations of culture and society which are often referred to as the postmodern malaise. But are postmodern versions of life today entirely without ethical content or value? Must the postmodern era simply be regarded as the expression of danger and decline? By focusing on Charles Taylor’s short but insightfully packed work The Ethics of Authenticity we shall show how the postmodern version of life is not reducible to the turning away from traditional values and social commitment but reflects something authentic and valuable in our culture today. Students will be expected to present a seminar presentation for discussion in class, followed by a fuller and tidied version of the paper, at the end of the unit, for final assessment.

Reading List

- Gutmann, A., (ed.), Multiculturalism: Examining the Politics of Recognition
- Taylor, C., The Ethics of Authenticity

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Anthony D. Spiteri

 
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