After Utopia (SPA4504.01)

Jonathan Pitcher

This is a course on the postcolonial philosophical projects of Latin America, though that may be a misnomer. Even the most cursory glance at studies on the continent’s appropriation of the Western philosophical tradition would show that the appropriation is so distinctive that apparently it is still possible to question its existence as philosophy. The course will include some historiography of thought, analysis of failed ontological theories and politico-economic models, some hare-brained, some practical, but will emphasize current trends in cultural studies.

Students will debate their own perspectives, both in conversation and in writing, thus developing analytical and linguistic skills, and will undertake a short research project. The usual array of media will be included. Conducted in Spanish. High-intermediate level.

Corequisites: Language Series

Prerequisites: 4 terms of Spanish at Bennington, or permission of the instructor. To register for this course please email the instructor at
Credits: 4
M/Th 3:40-5:30
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency:
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