2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue 
    
    Mar 04, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PL 411 - Philosophy of Culture

(3.00 cr.)

Prerequisite: PL 201  and one additional PL 200-level course. What defines culture? Where do we start in thinking about cultural difference? A wider discussion of the meaning of culture eventually alights on discussion of the 'American dream'-the major paradigm for cultural self-definition in the United States. Is the American cultural binder a dream or an illusion? The solidity, utility, and morality of the American dream is challenged by setting it against competing paradigms. Students should be prepared to encounter a very critical look at American culture through the eyes of some modern and contemporary critics of cultural norms. Possible authors for study include Nietzsche, Marx, Goldman, Gadamer, Adorno, Horkheimer, Chomsky, Baudrillard, Fussell, Zinn, and Berry.



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