Monday, 12 September 2011

Philosophy & Event

Department of Political & International Relations, Rhodes University
Pol 101, 2010

Philosophy & Event

Week One: The American Revolution (1776-1783)

Compulsory Reading
John Locke, Second Treatise on Government (1689) [Excerpts]
Thomas Paine ‘Of Monarchy and Hereditary Succession’, Chapter 3 of Common Sense (1776)
The Declaration of Independence, 1776

Recommended Reading
John Locke, 'Of the Ends of Political Society and Government', Chapter 9 from the Second Treatise on Government, 1969
Peter Linebaugh, Introduction to Thomas Paine's Common Sense, Rights of Man and Agrarian Justice, 2009

Week Two: The French Revolution (1789-1799)

Compulsory Reading
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract, 1763 [Excerpts]
Declaration of the Rights of Man & Citizen, 1789
Maximilien Robespierre, Justification for the Use of Terror, 1794 [Excerpts]
Mary Wollstonecraft, 'Of The Pernicious Effects Which Arise From The Unnatural Distinctions Established In Society', Chapter 9 of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 1792

Recommended Reading
Slavoj Zizek, Robespierre or the "Divine Violence" of Terror, 2006

Week Three: The Haitian Revolution (1791-1804)

Compulsory Reading
Peter Hallward, Haitian Inspiration, 2004
Constitution of 1801
Act of Independence, 1804
Hegel 'Independence and Dependence of Self Consciousness: Lordship and Bondage', an extract from The Phenomenology of Spirit, 1807

Film: Burn! Gillo Pontecorvo, 1969

Recommended Reading
Susan Buck-Mors, Hegel and Haiti, 2000
C.L.R. James, The Black Jacobins: Toussaint Louverture and the San Domingo Revolution, 1936
Michel-Rolph Trouillot Silencing the Past, 1995

Week Four: The Russian Revolution (1917)

Compulsory Reading
Karl Marx & Frederich Engels, The Communist Manifesto, 1848 [Excerpt]
Vladimir Lenin, What is to be Done? Burning Questions of our Movement, 1902 [Excerpt]
Rosa Luxemburg, Organisational Questions of the Russian Revolution, 1904
Antonio Gramsci, The Revolution Against 'Capital', 1917

Film: October: Ten Days that Shook the World, Sergei Eisenstein, 1927

Recommended reading
Emma Goldman, My Disillusionment in Russia, 1923
Cornelius Castoriadis, The Role of Bolshevik Ideology in the Birth of Bureaucracy, 1962
Alain Badiou, The Communist Invariant, 2008

Week Five: The Cuban Revolution (1959)

Compulsory Reading
Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism is a Humanism, 1946
Pablo Neruda, The United Fruit Company, 1950
The Declaration of Havana, 1960
Che Guevara, Create Two, Three, Many Vietnams, 1967

Film: Che, Steven Sonderbergh, 2008

Recommended Reading
Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire,1970
The Underside of Modernity, Enrique Dussel, 1993

Week Six: The Algerian Revolution (1954-1962)

Compulsory Reading

Frantz Fanon, 'Algeria Unveiled', Chapter 1 of A Dying Colonialism, 1959
Frantz Fanon, 'The Pitfalls of National Consciousness' [excerpt], Chapter 3 from The Wretched of the Earth, 1961
Proclamation to the Algerian People, Front de Liberation Nationale, 1954
Editorial of the First Issue of “El Moudjahid”, Front de Liberation Nationale, 1956

Film: The Battle of Algiers, Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966

Recommended Reading
Aimé Césaire, Discourse on Colonialism, 1951
Jean-Paul Sartre, 'Racism and Colonialism as Praxis and Process', Excerpt from The Critique of Dialectical Reason, 1960
Amilcar Cabral, The Weapon of Theory, 1966
Alice Cherki Frantz Fanon: A Portrait, 2006