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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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$430

2 sessions

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

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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

Unburdening the Earth: Hinduism and Ecology

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

Endowed with intelligence and capacity for ethical action, are we, humans, responsible stewards of our home, the Earth? Or  are we a burden upon it?  In this Olio we will explore the cognitive universe of the ancient sanskrit epic, Mahabharata. Can we, in our scientific, materialistic conception of the earth as mere resources rethink our...

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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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Envy, Greed, and the Common Good

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

In this Olio, we will discuss the concept of pleonexia in classic works of moral and political philosophy. If one, for example, an average philosophy professor, wants more money, or the Rolf Schock prize in Logic and Philosophy, one might be motivated to harm one’s more distinguished colleagues. One might break into their offices and steal their...

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Kant’s Critical Philosophy

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

Kant’s “Critical philosophy,” which begins with the appearance of the Critique of Pure Reason in 1781, is an attempt to understand no less than the scope and limits of human reason, science, and morality.  He wrote that the purpose of philosophy is to answer the following fundamental questions: “What can we know? What should...

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$315

4 sessions

Lived Experience: An Introduction to Phenomenology

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

What is phenomenology? Drawing on lived, first-person experience, phenomenology is the attempt to analyze and understand the very structures of human experience and consciousness. What are the elements of perception, and why do different people, different subjects, perceive things differently? What’s universal about consciousness? In what ways...

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$315

4 sessions

Hope and Despair in Philosophy

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

In this class, we will attempt to find psychological, moral and political orientations about hope and despair via an exploration of the philosophical traditions of optimism and pessimism.  We will explore the roots of optimism in its Christian guise as Providence and in its secular Enlightenment manifestation in the form of a belief in necessary...

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$315

4 sessions

Angela Davis and Prison Abolitionism

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Morningside Heights 3009 Broadway, New York, New York 10027

Angela Y. Davis’ 2003 book, Are Prisons Obsolete?, is arguably the foundational text for the intellectual and political work being done by the prison abolitionist movement today. More broadly, Davis’ wide-ranging writing and political activism over the past five decades mark her as one of the most important contemporary intellectuals.In...

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$315

4 sessions

Continuum Movement® Moving Medicine

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

Movement as a mindful exercise is gaining more and more attention as an important part of creating and maintaining health. It is being researched in the psychology field for treatment of trauma and is associated with improvements in psychological well-being, including reducing stress, anxiety, depression and mood disturbance, as well as increased self-esteem....

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$275

2 sessions

The Specter of Plato Haunting Political Philosophy

at Think Olio - Lower East Side 16B Orchard St, New York, New York 10002

Contemporary political philosophy is in the midst of a methodological debate, one that questions core tenants of the discipline. On the one side there are the ideal theorists who argue that justice and social progress can only occur once we have clear and defined principles and objectives in mind. Conversely, the non-ideal theorists criticize this...

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$15

Kant’s Critique of Judgment: Art and Aesthetics

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 558 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Kant’s aesthetic theory, expounded in the Critique of the Power of Judgment, was the capstone on his “critical” philosophy—it was intended to give completeness to his system as a whole. In particular, he believed that, through the very experience of beauty, we can begin to see nature itself as harmonized with human freedom and our...

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$315

4 sessions

Origins of the Greek Gods

at Q.E.D. - Astoria 27-16 23rd Ave, Astoria, New York 11105

Origins of the Greek Gods traces the Olympians back to their beginnings in the Ukraine, the Caucasus, Asia Minor and the Middle East. this class summarizes the comparative mythology literature, drawing on evidence ranging from Hittite Cuneiform and Linear B tablets to Lithuanian songs and Circassian folk tales, to trace these great mythological figures...

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$6

Poverty and the Dumbing of America

at Think Olio

Poverty and the Dumbing of America: What Marshmallows Teach Us About Credit Cards Recent studies have show what many of us have known for a while: that poverty impairs cognition.  The stresses and realities of being poor making it hard to think straight.  We revert to a fight or flight mode that diminishes the value of long range planning...

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$12
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