课程信息
This course examines how the idea of "the modern" develops at the end of the 18th century in European philosophy and literature, and how being modern (or progressive, or hip) became one of the crucial criteria for understanding and evaluating cultural change. Are we still in modernity, or have we moved beyond the modern to the postmodern?
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100% 在线课程

立即开始,按照自己的计划学习。
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完成时间大约为21 小时

建议:3-5 hours/week
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Globe

100% 在线课程

立即开始,按照自己的计划学习。
Clock

完成时间大约为21 小时

建议:3-5 hours/week
Comment Dots

English

字幕:English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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20 minutes to complete

Course Pages

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2 readings
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Syllabus10m
Course Logistics10m

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1 hour to complete

Intensity and the Ordinary: Sex, Death, Aggression and Guilt

With a focus on Civilization and its Discontents, we examine how Freud’s theories tried to expose profound instincts as they appeared in daily life....
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4 videos (Total 49 min), 1 reading
Video4 videos
Intensity and the Ordinary: Sex, Death, Aggression and Guilt II13m
Intensity and the Ordinary: Sex, Death, Aggression and Guilt III13m
Intensity and the Ordinary: Sex, Death, Aggression and Guilt IV9m
Reading1 readings
Intensity and the Ordinary: Sex, Death, Aggression and Guilt--Freud10m

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3 hours to complete

Intensity and the Ordinary: Art, Loss, Forgiveness

A reading of Virginia Woolf’s modernist novel To the Lighthouse shows how giving up the search for the “really real” can liberate one to attend to the everyday....
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4 videos (Total 57 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Intensity and the Ordinary: Art, Loss, Forgiveness II12m
Intensity and the Ordinary: Art, Loss, Forgiveness III14m
Intensity and the Ordinary: Art, Loss, Forgiveness IV14m
Reading1 readings
Intensity and the Ordinary: Art, Loss, Forgiveness--Woolf10m

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3 hours to complete

The Postmodern Everyday

We go back to Ralph Waldo Emerson and forward to Ludwig Wittgenstein to consider how forms of life and language games need to foundation to be compelling....
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4 videos (Total 54 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
The Postmodern Everyday II13m
The Postmodern Everyday III16m
The Postmodern Everyday IV12m
Reading1 readings
The Postmodern Everyday--Emerson and Wittgenstein10m

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3 hours to complete

From Critical Theory to Postmodernism

Through a consideration of Max Horkheimer & Theodor Adorno along with Michel Foucault, we confront the philosophical effort to escape from totality in order to understand the politics of control....
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4 videos (Total 58 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
From Critical Theory to Postmodernism II13m
From Critical Theory to Postmodernism III16m
From Critical Theory to Postmodernism IV13m
Reading1 readings
From Critical Theory to Postmodernism10m

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1 hour to complete

Paintings II

A very brief consideration of how artists are responding to the loss of foundations to produce work that redefines art. ...
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2 videos (Total 36 min)
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Paintings II, Part II19m

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3 hours to complete

Postmodern Identities

We examine short pieces by Judith Butler and Slavjo Zizek to understand how identities get formed (and performed) in a world without foundations. ...
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4 videos (Total 58 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
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Postmodern Identities II12m
Postmodern Identities III14m
Postmodern Identities IV18m
Reading1 readings
Postmodern Identities--Butler and Zizek10m

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1 hour to complete

Late-term Review

Review of all the thinkers we have studied in Parts I and II of the class, along with some complementary material....
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4 videos (Total 46 min)
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Late-term Review II11m
Late-term Review III12m
Late-term Review IV10m

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3 hours to complete

Postmodern Pragmatisms

After postmodern playfulness, or alongside it, we see the resurgence of the pragmatic impulse to return philosophy to real human problems....
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3 videos (Total 56 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
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Postmodern Pragmatisms II18m
Postmodern Pragmatisms III22m
Reading1 readings
Postmodern Pragmatisms10m
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2 hours to complete

Extra (Optional) Writing Assignment

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1 quiz
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Top Reviews

By CMMar 12th 2016

Sad to see it end. I loved this course. I thought Professor Roth was a great guide. As I've completed Part 2 I am tempted to go listen to the lectures all over again. This hooked me on MOOCs. 6 stars.

By SCOct 25th 2015

The course is great . I am not a humanities student and english is not my first language , so I find writing essays difficult. I wish there were some easier tests along side the essays. Thank you.

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