PHIL 576 - Topics in Social-Political Philosophy
Section: 001 Colonialism Past and Present
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Graduate standing.
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Colonialism is a topic that is often ignored by contemporary philosophers, which makes it ripe for exploration by curious minds! We will begin with the classical philosophical debate over British colonialism in India during the late 18th and 19th centuries and continue on by considering the debate that took place about colonialism more broadly in the 20th century. We close by considering whether America is a neo-colonial power. We considering whether America uses its economic, military, and political power to control or influence other countries. We also consider whether America is an example of an internal colony and whether the relationship between white and black Americans is best understood as one of colonizer and colonized. We will examine the following more specific questions:

  1. What is colonialism? What is imperialism? How are they connected?
  2. What are some of the central historical examples of colonialism?
  3. Historically, what problems was colonialism thought to solve?
  4. Historically, why did some people think that colonialism either failed to solve these problems or raised new ones?
  5. What are the short and long term economic effects of colonialism?
  6. What roles do institutions play in the effects and impact of colonialism?
  7. Can colonialism occur within a country? What are examples of this?
  8. What is neo-colonialism? What are examples of neo-colonialism?

PHIL 576 - Topics in Social-Political Philosophy
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001 (SEM)
6Graduate Standing
M 4:00PM - 6:30PM
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