ANSO 391 Prejudice and the Human Condition


It is a condition of being human to understand in terms of projected assumptions of meaning based on one’s historical, social, cultural and linguistic position. This course examines the phenomenon of the projective or “prejudiced” nature of human understanding and explores its implications for the self and the structure of interpersonal, institutional and cross-cultural experience. Students are assigned a question each week that must be answered in the form of an essay based on the student’s interpretation of assigned readings. Student essays provide a context for seminar discussions of lectures and readings in social epistemology, phenomenology, and philosophical hermeneutics.