George Fourlas

SHIFT Associate Professor of Applied Ethics
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George Fourlas

On Leave of Absence Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

George Fourlas, SHIFT associate professor of applied ethics and the common good, holds a B.A. in philosophy and legal studies from the University of San Francisco and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Oregon.

George’s teaching and research are problem-centric, focusing on issues of peace and justice, and drawing on various fields: ethics, social-political philosophy, critical race theory, decolonial theory, global/international studies, and conflict resolution. He has taught a range of courses related to this work and his publications have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Transitional JusticeCritical Philosophy of RacePhilosophy and Social Criticism, and Radical Philosophy Review. He is currently working on a book that addresses issues of race, reconciliation, and solidarity among Middle Eastern Americans.

Recent and Upcoming Courses

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  • This course is a critical survey of the key figures in the tradition that begins with the work of Karl Marx. We will begin with selections from those theorists that inspired and thus afforded Marx's thought. We will then read some of the most significant sections of Marx's writing. After establishing a firm grasp on what Marx said and why he said it, the course will then explore the various discursive trajectories that Marx's work inspired-this includes Gramsci, Luxemburg, Lukacs, Althusser, Horkheimer, Adorno, Benjamin, Habermas, and a range of contemporary critical, as well as decolonial, theorists. Key Words: Philosophy, Politics, Theory, Ethics