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The Civil War: Past and Present

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Williamsburg 96 Berry St, Brooklyn, New York 11249

“Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came.” So spoke Abraham Lincoln in his Second Inaugural Address, which he gave only a month before the war’s end—and his tragic death—in April 1865. Weary...

Monday Nov 11th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Lauren Berlant: Cruel Optimism

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

Why do we persist in our fantasies of the kind of good life that threatens to kill us? Why are we often frustrated in our attempts to find relief from precarity, attain sweeter forms of collective life, or even, at minimum, to obtain conditions of mere subsistence? What are the politics of our desires? These questions are central to the work of Lauren...

Monday Nov 11th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Reading the Qur'an

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

“Read!” This is the very first word, the first injunction of the Qur’an. Although if one were to “read” (iqra) the Qur’an, as one reads any other book, you’d discover that the word appears, perhaps puzzlingly, in the 96th surah or “chapter” of the “book.” Traditionally understood as revealed to Muhammed, an illiterate and not...

Tuesday Nov 12th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Augustine’s Confessions: Sex, Sin, and Christianity

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Williamsburg 381 Hooper St, Brooklyn, New York 11211

“Soul-sick was I, and tormented, accusing myself severely … rolling and turning in my chains, till they were wholly broken, whereby I now was barely held, but still was held.” So writes Augustine of Hippo, the towering north-African philosopher and theologian. In his Confessions, he wrestles with questions of human will and divine grace...

Tuesday Nov 12th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Feminism and Psychoanalysis

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - West Village 208 West 13th Street #210, New York, New York 10011

Sigmund Freud famously described femininity as a “riddle” and “dark continent.” Yet, the psychoanalytic theories Freud generated, particularly his conception of how the unconscious influences the development of the self, has proved crucial to many feminist accounts of gender and sexuality. Paradoxically, it’s precisely because Freud did...

Tuesday Nov 12th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Rosa Luxemburg: Capitalism and Imperialism

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Murray Hill 275 Madison Ave St #2114, New York, New York 10016

Reading Rosa Luxemburg: Capitalism, Imperialism, and the Contemporary World Contemporary globalization marks an age where the “world is flat,” to quote an international best seller. A world of global competition and the ever-growing integration of economies through the free movement of goods, capital, technology, and labor. Yet nearly a century...

Wednesday Nov 13th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Understanding Loneliness: Literature, Philosophy,Theory

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

How are we to understand loneliness today? It appears that we are facing a mass epidemic of loneliness. 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 loneliness.” And, it is clear from medical research that loneliness...

Thursday Nov 14th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

John Milton: Paradise Lost

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

What, if anything, should paradise mean to us right now? Paradise Lost, John Milton’s seventeenth-century epic of the Fall, which begins with “man’s first disobedience,” constitutes a heroic attempt to “justify the ways of God to men.”  A poem that shifts from rebel angels waging war in heaven to the pageantry of hell to Adam...

Thursday Nov 14th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

A Contemporary Introduction to the Frankfurt School

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

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 an introduction to some of the key works and concepts of the Frankfurt School, including...

Monday Nov 18th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

An Introduction to Schopenhauer

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

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...

Monday Nov 18th, 6:45pm - 9:45pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

Numbers: History, Mathematics, Philosophy

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Numbers are so common, so seemingly intrinsic to human life, that it’s baffling to recall that, for millennia, many humans did not use them at all. How, then, did the use of numbers come to be? Were they, in some sense, discovered? Are they qualities of the natural world or truths outside of time and space? Or, are numbers human creations—concepts...

Wednesday Nov 20th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  (4 sessions)
$315

4 sessions

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Mozart: Music, Enlightenment, and the Sublime

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

If Mozart is one of the best-known figures in Western classical music, he is also, oddly, one of the most elusive. Admirers from his time to ours, while agreeing on his stature, have disagreed about almost everything else—to Wagner he was the “genius of light and love”; to Kierkegaard a musical apostle of the demonic. He has been claimed on...

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$315

4 sessions

Economy, Technology, and the Anthropocene

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

“Goldman Sachs doesn’t care if you raise chickens,” Jodi Dean once quipped. One could add: the earth doesn’t care either. As the implications of climate change become more pressing and obvious by the day, and with the staggering incapacity of “business-as-usual” to respond accordingly, many people feel at an impasse about what can be done...

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$315

4 sessions

Hannah Arendt: The Origins of Totalitarianism

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

When Hannah Arendt published The Origins of Totalitarianism in 1951 she set out to provide a political framework for understanding the phenomenal appearance of National Socialism in the world, and its terrifying consequences. Offering a historical account of imperialism, anti-Semitism, and the atomized individual, Arendt’s work remains...

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$315

4 sessions

Philosophical Intro to American Transcendentalism

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Financial District 75 Broad St, New York, New York 10004

Complete course title: Walden and Beyond: a Philosophical Introduction to American Transcendentalism What is transcendental about American Transcendentalism? A complex and multifarious movement, one whose concerns ranged from religion to literature to feminism to abolitionism, American Transcendentalism is mostly closely associated with the...

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$315

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