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Friedrich Nietzsche: Truth and Morality

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

Friedrich Nietzsche is among the most notorious and controversial thinkers in the western intellectual tradition. He aimed to philosophize “with a hammer,” to demolish the philosophical tradition founded by Socrates and Plato and slaughter its most sacred cows. Central to that tradition is the value placed on truth, reason, objectivity, and a moral...

$315

4 sessions

Monday Jan 22nd, 6:30pm

Economy, Technology, and the Anthropocene

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Park Slope
65 4th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217

“Goldman Sachs doesn’t care if you raise chickens,” Jodi Dean once quipped. One could add: the earth doesn’t care either.  Are we at the beginning of a “post-capitalist” age of abundance and automation, beyond romantic notions of resistance or escape, in which long-delayed dreams of human emancipation are finally possible?  Or...

$315

4 sessions

Thursday Jan 25th, 6:30pm

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Literary Theory: a Critical Introduction

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

What is literature? And what kinds of meanings, uses, values, histories, and philosophical positions do we attach to literature in the act of reading it?  Literary theory, the diverse body of thought that addresses these fundamental questions, has pursued a stunning array of methods in its attempts to understand how literature works. This course,...

$315

4 sessions

Monday Jan 22nd, 6:30pm

Personal Histories: Reading Contemporary Memoirs

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side
1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

Explore contemporary memoirs written by authors from diverse social backgrounds. How do authors translate lived experiences of family life, race, gender, religion, work, the arts, love and loss into compelling literary works? How do they chronicle the creation of personal identities as they are shaped by social exclusion, belonging, intimacy and disconnection...

$188

4 sessions

Jacques Derrida: Deconstruction and Difference

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

The arrival of Jacques Derrida’s work lit the American intellectual landscape ablaze. For many American academics and critics in the 1970s and thereafter, the charismatic Algerian-born Derrida was the face of “French Theory,” and virtually synonymous with postmodernism itself. With his enigmatic prose and seemingly esoteric approach to language,...

$315

4 sessions

Tuesday Apr 10th, 6:30pm

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...

$315

4 sessions

Wednesday Feb 28th, 6:30pm

Playing to Win: an Introduction to Game Theory

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

From zero-sum games to the “prisoner’s dilemma” and rational actors, game theory has grown from a bold conjecture into a vast array of literatures crossing political science, economics, psychology, business, mathematics, and even military strategy. Based on a theory of simple card games developed by John Von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern, game...

$315

4 sessions

Thursday Jan 25th, 6:30pm

Sado-Masochism: Economies of Desire and Recognition

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Williamsburg
167 Bowery , New York, New York 10002

From Hegel to Deleuze, many political thinkers have employed the language of dominance and submission within the tradition of Western political thought. How does the language of Sado-masochism shape the way we think about desire and political recognition? This course will look at how the erotic language of S&M is embedded in the theoretical frameworks...

$315

4 sessions

Thursday Apr 5th, 6:30pm

Virginia Woolf: Modernizing Fiction

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

Virginia Woolf’s writing audaciously expanded the boundaries of modern fiction, reshaping our ideas about the ability of the novel to represent ordinary life and register swift, historical change.  “Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall,” she advised, signaling her prescription for a kind of...

$315

4 sessions

Thursday Mar 1st, 6:30pm

Immigration and its Discontents: Politics, Capital

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

Complete Course Title: Grant Hamilton, Where The Blame Lies Immigration and its Discontents: Politics, Capital, Humanity The United States calls itself a nation of immigrants. And yet, the story of American immigration and its meaning for the American project are considerably more complicated. On the one hand, immigration has been crucial to the growth...

$315

4 sessions

Thursday Mar 1st, 6:30pm

The Sumerians: History's Innovators

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

Over six thousand years ago, the marshes of Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq) were home to a remarkable and ingenious group of people. Known as the Sumerians, they were the first to use writing and the first to live in cities. They rode the first wheeled vehicles, founded our modern system of mathematics and made detailed observations of the planets and...

Tuesday Dec 19th, 8:30pm

Pass the Flamingo: The Cuisine of Ancient Rome

at CAVEAT - Lower East Side
21-A Clinton St, New York, New York 10002

Sure, we’ve all heard about the Ancient Romans; their buildings, their literature, their Empire. But what about their food? What would a Roman Emperor serve at his banquets? What was a decent meal to a Roman soldier, farmer, or senator? Did the Romans really eat dormice, and did they really relieve themselves in a “vomitorium” afterwards? (Short...

Monday Jan 8th, 8:30pm

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Criticism of Everything Existing: Introduction to Marx

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

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 what we have to accomplish in the present-I am speaking of a ruthless criticism of everything...

$315

4 sessions

Monday Jan 22nd, 6:30pm

Reading Borges with Alberto Manguel

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side
1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

The work of Jorge Luis Borges is one of the summits of twentieth-century literature. In his writings, Borges crossed genres: the detective story and the epic, literary criticism and lyric poetry, Eastern and Western literatures. He invented a narrative tone that was part adventure story, part fantastic tale, part philosophical essay. In this course,...

$400

4 sessions

By the Book

at Queensborough Community College - Bayside
222-05 56th Ave, Bayside, New York 11364

Gather in a diverse group setting and participate in an informal but challenging discussion of contemporary and classical literature and the reading experience.  Learn what authors do to capture a reader's interest and The Mare by Mary Gaitskill will be the first selection. Please read this book PRIOR to the 1st class mee...

$75

5 sessions