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1 Infusing South Asia into the Undergraduate Curriculum The College of Wooster Lee A. McBride III

2 Exciting Finds: Ambedkar  Ambedkar’s criticism of Gandhi is quite compelling.  Ambedkar was influenced by John Dewey at Columbia.  Meera Nanda, “A Dalit Defense of the Deweyan-Buddhist View of Science”

3 Exciting Finds: Gandhi  Mohandas Gandhi is much more complicated than I had previously suspected. He seems to take his opposition to industrialization to an extreme. He supports a form of caste. He says wacky things.

4 Exciting Finds: Gandhi  "Taking food is as dirty an act as answering the call of nature. The only difference is that after answering [the] call of nature we get peace while after eating food we get discomfort. Just as we perform the act of answering the call of nature in seclusion so also the act of taking food must be done in seclusion" (Mahatma Gandhi).

5 PHIL 312: Political Philosophy The College of Wooster Lee A. McBride III

6 Course Description  This is a course in political philosophy, which focuses on themes in contemporary India. We will critically engage: (i) the psychological and material effects of British colonial subjugation, (ii) notions of modern industrialization and democratic egalitarianism, (iii) development and the politics of ecology, and (iv) feminism and pro-women politics.

7 Course Description (cont’d)  We will become acquainted with the works of several challenging and provocative philosophers and social activists, such as: Mohandas Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, Vandana Shiva, Meera Nanda, Madhu Kishwar, Chandra Mohanty, and Amartya Sen. This will entail the careful reading, interpretation, and discussion of difficult texts as well as the exposition, critique, and construction of arguments.

8 Liberalism and Colonialism  Gandhi, Mohandas, Gandhi: Hind Swaraj and Other Writings. London: Cambridge University Press,  Gandhi, Mohandas, [on caste and trusteeship], The Penguin Gandhi Reader, ed. Rudrangshu Mukherjee.  Ambedkar, Bhimrao Ramji, “Annihilation of Caste,” The Essential Readings Writings of B.R. Ambedkar, ed. Valerian Rodrigues. Delhi: Oxford India Paperbacks, 2004, pp  Ambedkar, Bhimrao Ramji, “Gandhism,” The Essential Readings Writings of B.R. Ambedkar, pp

9 Development and Ecology  Guha, Ramachandra, “The Environmentalism of the Poor,” Between Resistance and Revolution, eds. Richard Fox and Orin Starn. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1997, pp  Kishwar, Madhu, “Cutting our Own Lifeline: A Review of India’s Farm Policy,” Deepening Democracy. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2005, pp  Sen, Amartya, “Development: What Way Now?” The Economic Journal, Vol. 93, No (Dec., 1983), pp  Curtin, Deane, “Gandhi’s Vision of Community Development,” Environmental Ethics for a Postcolonial World. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005, pp

10 Ecofeminism and Science  Shiva, Vandana, “Development, Ecology, and Women,” Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development. London: Zed Books, 1989, pp  Shiva, Vandana, “Science, Nature and Gender,” Staying Alive, pp  Shiva, Vandana, “Women in Nature,” Staying Alive, pp. 38-??.  Nanda, Meera, “A Dalit Defense of the Deweyan- Buddhist View of Science,” Prophets Facing Backward. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2003, pp. 181-??.  Nanda, Meera, “The Ecofeminist Critique of the Green Revolution,” Prophets Facing Backward, pp. 225-??.

11 Feminist Theory  Mohanty, Chandra, “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses,” Feminism Without Borders. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003, pp  Chitnis, Suma, “Feminism: Indian Ethos and Indian Convictions,” Feminism in India, ed. Maitrayee Chaudhuri. New York: Zed Books Ltd., 2005, pp  Kishwar, Madhu, “A Horror of ‘Isms’: Why I Do Not Call Myself a Feminist,” Off the Beaten Path. New York: Oxford University Press,  Mohanty, Chandra, “Cartographies of Struggle: Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism,” Feminism Without Borders. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003, pp

12 Politics  Kishwar, Madhu, “Women's Marginal Role in Politics,” Off the Beaten Path. New York: Oxford University Press,  Mohanty, Chandra, “Women Workers and the Politics of Solidarity,” Feminism Without Borders. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003, pp  Mohanty, Chandra, ““Under Western Eyes” Revisited: Feminist Solidarity through Anticapitalist Struggles,” Feminism Without Borders. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003, pp  Sen, Amartya, “Democracy as Public Reason,” The Idea of Justice. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009, pp. 321-???.

13 Thanks! Lee A. McBride III The College of Wooster


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