This course will offer an investigation into four leading contemporary thinkers in Continental philosophy. After an introduction by way of the pivotal Modern philosopher, Nietzsche, we will read and discuss the thought of Foucault, Derride, Irigaray, and Baudrillard. The general theme of the course will center around these four philosophers' respective "postmodern" attempts to open up new ways of thinking about subjectivity that take into consideration the role of the body and of institutions such as language and social structures. This course will offer students interested in philosophy the opportunity to analyze and think about questions that Continental philosophers are dealing with right now.
Prerequisite: one previous course in Philosophy or permission of instructor.