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Modern Political Philosophy

at The New School - Manhattan 10011

Full Course Name: Modern Political Philosophy: Authority, the Origin of Rights, and Civil Society This course is an introduction to theories that have shaped thinking about power, authority, and justice in modern liberal societies. We examine the meanings and moral foundations of rights; the idea of a social contract; state sovereignty and individual...

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$800

16 sessions

Kant: Metaphysics and Morality

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Gramercy 30 Irving Pl, New York, New York 10003

Kant’s “Critical philosophy,” which begins with the appearance of the Critique of Pure Reason in 1781, is an attempt to understand the total scope and limits of human reason, science, and morality.  Moreover, he argues that the purpose of philosophy is to answer the fundamental questions that emerge from such an attempt: “What...

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$315

4 sessions

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How Markets Fail and Why It Matters

at Think Olio - Ridgewood 56-06 Cooper Ave, Flushing, New York 11385

Our market economy produces trillions of dollars in wealth and provides us with ever more stuff. We are richer than any humans that have come before, and by many measures, life has never been better. In other words, the market system generally works. But periodically markets fail, and when they do the results can be catastrophic. In this Olio we will...

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$15

Working with the Taoist Philosophy of the Five Elements

at New York Open Center - Flatiron 22 E 30th St, New York, New York 10016

Full Course Name: A Life In Balance: Working with the Taoist Philosophy of the Five Elements The five elements are the basis for many Taoist longevity practices that emphasize harmony and balance. The original Taoist sages who developed them were among the first internal “ecologists,” experimenting with how the different energies of the elements...

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$45

Art and Affect

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Midtown 247 West 37th St 5th Fl, New York, New York 10018

This course will delve into the ways that art has been alternately defined as antidote to and instigator of affect from the postwar period to today. We will start by surveying a critical tradition that heralds distanced viewing and cognitive understanding as the most desired and politically responsible experience that art can provoke, marginalizing...

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$315

4 sessions

Introduction to Freud

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Greenpoint 126 Franklin St, Brooklyn, New York 11222

In the late nineteenth century, Sigmund Freud discovered psychoanalysis in his attempts to treat hysteria — the enigmatic illness known to the Western mind for over 2,000 years. By insisting that bodily symptoms represented unconscious conflict, the Freudian revolution destabilized longstanding social and philosophical biases that privileged consciousness,...

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$315

5 sessions

Philosophical Pessimism

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Midtown 247 West 37th St 5th Fl, New York, New York 10018

Why should we be hopeful? “Above all, to be American is to be an optimist.” Or so proclaims the animatronic version of our country’s current Chief Executive at Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents. Indeed, it seems to be one of the few sentiments that is shared widely across mainstream politics, media, and popular culture. Where does this...

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$315

4 sessions

Philosophical Skepticism: Doubt, Evidence, Justified

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Gramercy 30 Irving Pl, New York, New York 10003

Philosophical Skepticism: Doubt, Evidence, Justified Belief How is it that human beings, despite the fallibility of their senses and the limitations inherent in their individual subjective perspectives, can nevertheless manage to achieve knowledge of what objective reality is like, both in ordinary language and, better yet, in scientific discourse?...

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$315

4 sessions

Let's Make Croissant-Doughnuts!

at Brooklyn Brainery - Prospect Heights 190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

In this class, we'll demystify the wildly-successful pastry of a certain bakery!  You'll learn a multitude of skills, including: laminating dough, the key technique to creating croissants, danishes and puff pastry; deep frying, useful for any doughnut; and how to make pastry cream and chocolate ganache.  And at the end of our time together,...

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$65

2 sessions

The Psychology of the Body

at New York Open Center - Flatiron 22 E 30th St, New York, New York 10016

The question of how change happens lies at the heart of psycho-spiritual and sociopolitical theory. At its best, holistic learning engages this question through multiple ways of knowing, challenging students to discover for themselves which practices produce lasting change, and why. This course explores the role of the body in Holistic Psychology,...

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$395

2 sessions

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The Love Symposium

at Think Olio - Manhattan 99 Allen St, New York, New York 10002

What is love? Why do we love? What is its goal? When we love, what is it we desire? Can there be Love (with a capital L) without a person doing or receiving the love? Is love always love of or for someone or something? Can love be rational? And if we’re rational about love, where does that leave passion? Why is the idea of a soulmate so alluring?...

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$12

On Religious Violence

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Boerum Hill 388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217

This course will offer students a framework for confronting such questions. We will begin by examining the construction of “religious violence” as a unique concept against the background of classic liberal political thought. Featuring readings from prominent theorists like John Locke and John Stuart Mill alongside contemporary reflections by thinkers...

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$315

4 sessions

Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Gramercy 30 Irving Pl, New York, New York 10003

It is difficult to imagine a more ambitious or even hubristic philosophy than that of G.W.F. Hegel.  Filled with the revolutionary fervor of the turn of the 19th century, Hegel no doubt viewed himself as the messianic figure that he, along with Schelling and Hölderlin, had prophesied earlier while seminarians and roommates at the Tübinger Stift....

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$315

4 sessions

Time, Desire, and Action: Ramayana and the Cosmic Game

at Think Olio - Greenwich Village 828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

The Epic Ramayana is a beautiful and heartbreaking tale of the adventures of Prince Rama and his beloved princess Sita. Considered the first poetic work in Sanskrit, its literary, philosophical and aesthetic brilliance inspired poets, artists, and readers for two thousand years and continues to do so even today.  We invite...

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$20

Reading and Ridiculing "The Languages of Art"

at Think Olio - Ridgewood 56-06 Cooper Ave, Flushing, New York 11385

"Aesthetics is to artists as ornithology is to birds."  See why Barnett Newman's quote is right (though it doesn't have to be). Nelson Goodman (1906-1998) was an American analytic philosopher who wrote on epistemology, logic, and aesthetics. But aesthetics has always been the red-headed stepchild in philosophy, never gaining acceptance in the...

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$12
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