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PHL 257 Philosophy and Liberation (3 credits)

What do we mean by “liberation”? Liberation from what? Liberation for what? What role does philosophy play in the quest for liberation? This course will explore the meaning of liberation in a variety of contexts (biological, psychological, economic, political, spiritual), paying special attention to what it might mean for students and the university. In particular, we will be looking for those places where the philosophical, the political, and the spiritual intersect in the event of liberation. .Among our guides on this journey of reflection will be Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Marx, Kropotkin, Goldman, Zubiri, Foucault, Kristeva, Cone, Singer, Dussel, Ellacuria, and Caputo. Some non-Western views will be considered as well.