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Simone de Beauvoir: Existentialism, Phenomenology

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research -

Simone de Beauvoir: Existentialism, Phenomenology, Feminism Simone de Beauvoir—activist, author, social critic, philosopher—is considered one of the pioneering figures of existentialist and feminist philosophy. Although her work spans multiple genres and address numerous modern social questions and classic philosophical dilemmas, it was the 1953...

Tuesday Oct 18th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Philosophy, Ideology & Jokes: An Intro to Slavoj Žižek

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Philosophy, Ideology, and Jokes: an Introduction to Slavoj Žižek Slavoj Žižek is among the most influential, prolific, and provocative European philosophers of his generation. Amidst a period of tectonic changes, as Soviet socialism came to an end and neoliberalism spread across Europe, Žižek’s thought developed against the grain—due in...

Thursday Oct 20th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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Online Level 1 Intro to Poetry

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Our Online Level I workshop is an introduction to the philosophy on which The Writers Studio was founded in 1987 by Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Philip Schultz. Persona writing, a method of borrowing the voice and temperament of accomplished writers, offers writers the imaginative distance and perspective they need to overcome their negative inclinations,...

Thursday Oct 6th, 7:30pm - 8:30pm Eastern Time

  (8 sessions)
$435

8 sessions

Lived Experience: an Introduction to Phenomenology

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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 do...

Thursday Oct 20th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

A Contemporary Introduction to the Frankfurt School

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Critical Theory and the Now: a Contemporary Introduction to the Frankfurt School In 1930, Max Horkheimer became the director of the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, Germany. Along with his colleagues and a broader orbit of external scholars, he inaugurated the first wave of what came to be called “critical theory.” This course is...

Tuesday Nov 15th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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Strangers to Ourselves: an Introduction to Freud

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In the process of investigating and treating the enigmatic disorder known as “hysteria,” Sigmund Freud established the discipline of psychoanalysis—and by so doing, profoundly altered Western subjectivity. By insisting that the bodily symptoms of hysterics represented unconscious conflict, Freud established a new way of thinking about human experience,...

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$315

4 sessions

Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason

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Kant’s publication of the Critique of Pure Reason was a seismic event in the history of western philosophy, whose effects continue to be felt today. Enacting a “Copernican Revolution” in philosophy, Kant subjected reason itself to critique—attempting to answer the question: how do we know things at all? What structures and categories does...

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$315

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An Introduction to Schopenhauer

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

The Worst of All Possible Worlds: an Introduction to Schopenhauer Arthur Schopenhauer is a true oddity in the history of philosophy. Although a great metaphysical systematizer in the tradition of Leibniz and Hegel, Schopenhauer posed a worldview entirely antithetical to the “optimism” characteristic of traditional Western philosophizing. Whereas...

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$315

4 sessions

Infinity: History, Mathematics, Philosophy

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How can we, as finite beings, grasp the concept of infinity? Yet humans have been contemplating infinity for millennia, whether inspired by nature, philosophy, spirituality—or mathematics. This course is a historical and conceptual approach to the latter realm, the mathematics of infinity. Our topics will include the ancient Greeks’ discovery...

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$315

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Philosophy of Fashion

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“For the philosopher,” writes Walter Benjamin in The Arcades Project, “the most interesting thing about fashion is its extraordinary anticipations.” In other words, fashion is, in itself, an avant-garde: it shows us what the world will be like before that world has fully arrived. Its uncanny relation to the new is by no means the only...

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$315

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A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing

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Complete Course Title: A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing: an Introduction to Marx In the mid-nineteenth century, a young Karl Marx wrote, in the form of a published open letter to Arnold Ruge: “But if the designing of the future and the proclamation of ready-made solutions for all time is not our affair, then we realize all the more clearly...

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$315

4 sessions

Understanding Loneliness: Literature, Philosophy,Theory

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How are we to understand loneliness today? It appears that we are facing a mass epidemic of loneliness—one perhaps exacerbated by virological pandemic of COVID-19. Britain has appointed a Minister of Loneliness to counter rising rates of isolation. Approximately 20-43 percent of American adults over the age of 60 experience “frequent or intense...

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$315

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Speculative Realism and Object-Oriented Ontology

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Speculative Realism and Object-Oriented Ontology: a Critical Introduction If much of continental philosophy takes as its fundamental orientation a perspective that originates in the late 18th century, how equipped can it be to address issues of urgent contemporary concern: ecological crisis, the pre-eminence of digital technology, neuroscientific advances,...

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$315

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Philosophy & the Critique of Reason

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The Counter-Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Critique of Reason Was there a counter-enlightenment? If so, when did it take place? In English the idea originated with Isaiah Berlin’s eponymous essay, widely promulgated by his many admiring followers. The usual story casts so-called counter-enlightenment figures—such as Giambattista Vico, Johann...

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$315

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Angela Davis and Prison Abolitionism

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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

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