Spring 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will focus on the relationship between science, technology and postmodernism. We will begin by analyzing the concept of modernism and then discuss whether postmodernism is a late stage of modernism or a new stage of culture. We will then discuss the relationship between postmodernism and science and examine some examples of what might be labeled postmodern science. We will then analyze the relationship between postmodernism and technology. Finally we will focus on the concept of technoscience and discuss its relationship to postmodernism. Topics will include: the origins of modernism; the decline of modernism; postmodernism; Feyerabend's critique of science; the re-enchantment of science; Heidegger's concept of technology; the rise of technoscience.
Stephen Toulmin, Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity
Bruno Latour, We Have Never Been Modern
David Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity
Paul Feyerabend, Against Method
David R. Griffin, The Re-enchantment of Science
Don Ihde, Heidegger's Technologies
Don Ihde, Chasing Technoscience
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students will be required to write a research paper (15-25 pp) dealing with some aspect of the relationship between science, technology and postmodernism. Students may also do a creative project instead of a research paper. Students will also be expected to keep current with the readings, attend class regularly and participate in class discussions.