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Mid-Term Essay Question for Students of IR6901: Simpsons or South Park? Take your pick :)

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Mid-Term Essay Question for Students of IR6901: An introduction to Discourse Analysis.
Taking into account all that we have covered thus far, and in particular with reference to the late Wittgensteinian theory of language-games; Saussure’s fundamental principles of Linguistics and the discussion of religio-political discourses in Laclau/Mouffe and Bobby Sayyid, here is [...]

Post lecture notes for students of IR 6901: (Week 7, part 2) Introduction to Discourse Analysis, with a special reference to religio-political discourse

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Laclau and Mouffe: The A, B, C of Discourse Analysis
Now as we discussed in class yesterday, for our purposes we need not be overly concerned with the politics of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe in their Hegemony and Socialist Strategy (1985) but rather more concerned about the theoretical schema as it was [...]

Post lecture notes for students of IR 6901: (Week 7) Introduction to Discourse Analysis, with a special reference to religio-political discourse

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Laclau and Mouffe: Discourse Analysis and the realities of shifting politics
I. Explaining the context of Laclau and Mouffe’s Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Shifting social dynamics and the demise of traditional class-based politics.
Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe’s Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics (1985) was written at a time [...]

Post lecture notes for students of IR 6901: (Week 6) Foucault: Writing the history of discourses

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Post lecture notes for students of IR 6901: (Week 6) Introduction to Discourse Analysis, with a special reference to religio-political discourse:
Foucault: Writing the history of discourses and discursive economies
This week we read Michel Foucault’s (d.1984) Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (Surveiller et punir: Naissance de la Prison, [...]

Post lecture notes for students of IR 6901: (Week 5, notes b) Wittgenstein’s Language Games: Implications for discourse analysis

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Post lecture notes for students of IR 6901: (Week 5, notes b) Introduction to Discourse Analysis, with a special reference to religio-political discourse:
Wittgenstein’s Language Games: Implications for discourse analysis.
From this point onwards in the course, we will be referring a lot to Wittgenstein’s notion of language-games (as rule-governed context-bound modes of [...]

Post lecture notes for students of IR 6901: (Week 5) Wittgenstein’s theory of Language-games

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Post lecture notes for students of IR 6901: (Week 5) Introduction to Discourse Analysis, with a special reference to religio-political discourse:
Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations: Rule-following and the theory of Language-games.
A. Why I cannot praise the Tractatus on its own terms:
I would like to praise Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and say that it is a [...]

Post lecture notes for students of IR 6901: (Week 4,b) Introduction to Discourse Analysis, with a special reference to religio-political discourse

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus: The ‘Picture theory of meaning’ and the limits of language
Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921) was written based on notes that he wrote while serving in the trenches as an Austrian soldier in world war one, and is in many ways influenced by the works of two important logicians and philosophers, Bertrand Russell [...]

Post lecture notes for students of IR 6901: (Week 4,a) Frege’s Begriffsschrift and the language of pure thought

Monday, March 29th, 2010

A. Frege and Analytical Philosophy:
The tradition of Western philosophy which began with Socrates/Plato and Aristotle took off from the starting point of the dialectic and the questioning of the world around us. From the pre-Hellenic philosophers to the early modern philosophers of the 17th century (Descartes, Hobbes and Locke) the aim of philosophy was [...]

Post lecture notes for students of IR 6901: (Week 3, part 2) Hobbes: Private Language and the policing of definitions in a state

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Post lecture notes for students of IR 6901: (Week 3, part 2) Introduction to Discourse Analysis, with a special reference to religio-political discourse:
Hobbes: Private Language and the policing of definitions in a state
Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) wrote his works before John Locke but for the purposes of this lecture I will start with Locke [...]

Post lecture notes for students of IR 6901: (Week 3) Locke: Nominalism and the language of governance and politics

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Post lecture notes for students of IR 6901: (Week 3) Introduction to Discourse Analysis, with a special reference to religio-political discourse: (Part 2)
Locke: Nominalism and the language of governance and politics
John Locke (1632-1704) is known for his theories on governance and is widely credited with the development of the idea of separation of powers and [...]