Social Theory: The gift
The publication of the famous essay: „The Gift“ by Marcel Mauss provoked an ongoing debate in anthropology, sociology and philosophy about the theoretical foundations of social theory. Does the paradigm of the gift offer a point of departure to overcome the shortcomings in conceptualizing the ‘social’? To devise a social theory based on the gift relationship is the main objective of the “Movement anti-utilitariste dans les sciences sociales” (M.A.U.S.S.). Starting with a detailed reading of “The Gift” this course critically evaluates the state of the art of theoretical endeavors based on the gift paradigm.
Final grades will be based on class participation and introductory talks 20%, the essay (30%) and the final paper (50%).