Graduate Courses

Upcoming graduate courses at CIIS

Process and Difference in the Pluriverse

PARP 6135 | Spring 2018 (Jan-May)| 3.00 Units | Online

Matthew T. Segall, PhD | msegall@ciis.edu |415.575.6104

This course aims to address the challenge of thinking and acting with creativity and compassion in an increasingly complex and pluralistic set of social and ecological contexts. It draws upon an array of diverse process, post-structuralist, and pragmatist thinkers, including William James, WEB DuBois, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Weber, William Connolly, Catherine Keller, Isabelle Stengers, Bruno Latour, Timothy Morton, and Donna Haraway. The ideas and methods of these thinkers provide a means of reimagining classical liberal constructs (like atomistic individualism) by offering a more relational form of identity and a more receptive and participatory way of encountering difference (whether based in race, class, gender, religion, or political ideology).

Course Texts and Reading Materials:

Required texts*:

William Connolly, Facing the Planetary: Entangled Humanism and the Politics of Swarming (Duke University Press, 2017).

Donna Haraway, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene (Duke University Press, 2016).

Catherine Keller, Cloud of the Impossible: Negative Theology and Planetary Entanglement (Columbia University Press, 2015).

Bruno Latour, Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on the New Climatic Regime (Polity Press, 2017).

Timothy Morton, Humankind: Solidarity with Non-Human People (Verso, 2017).

*As of October 2017, all required texts are available online for between $15 and $25, cheaper if used.

Selections of texts to be provided electronically include:

Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (University of Minnesota Press, 1987).

W.E.B. DuBois, selected essays

Shamoon Zamir. Dark Voices: WEB Dubois and American Thought, 1888-1903.

Michael Halewood, Rethinking the Social Through Durkheim, Marx, Weber, and Whitehead (Anthem Press, 2014).

William James, The Principles of Psychology, Volume 1, Ch. 10: “The Consciousness of Self” (1890, http://psychclassics.yorku.ca/James/Principles/prin10.htm).
____. A Pluralistic Universe.

Keenan Ferguson. William James: Politics in the Pluriverse (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007).

Catherine Keller and Anne Daniell, Process and Difference: Between Cosmological and Poststructuralist Postmodernisms (State University of New York Press, 2002).

Email me if you’re interested in auditing or enrolling in this course as a special student.


whiteheads adventure in cosmology flyer

In the upcoming Fall 2017 semester (Aug 24th-Dec 15th, 2017), I’ll be teaching an online course at CIIS.edu called Whitehead’s Adventure in Cosmology: Toward a Physics of the World-Soul (PARP 6133). It is open to auditors and special students (more info here). Email msegall@ciis.edu if you’d like to enroll. Here is the course syllabus.


mind-and-nature-in-german-idealism-flyer

Also in Spring 2017, I offered a 2 or 3 unit online course called “Mind and Nature in German Idealism.” It  covered Kant, Fichte, Goethe, Schelling, and Hegel. The title of each week’s module is listed in the images below. Email me (msegall@ciis.edu) if you’d like to see the syllabus.


13217433_603249399851815_8978224572911287410_oIn the Spring of 2017 (late January through May), I will teach a course for the same program called “The Colors of American Philosophy,” which will consider the philosophical contributions of indigenous, African, and feminist Americans to pragmatism (a school of thought normally associated with canonical thinkers like Peirce, James, and Dewey) and American Philosophy more generally.

UPDATE: I’ve decided to delay this course until the next academic year. Stay tuned. 

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