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Kant’s Critical Aesthetics

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 75 Broad St, New York, NY

Art was anything but peripheral to Kant’s philosophical project. In judging a thing to be beautiful, Kant maintained, we bridge “the great gulf” of nature and human freedom, and prepare ourselves to “love something, even nature, without interest”—that is, exercise moral judgment. Immensely influential in its time, the so-called “third Critique” inspired and gave energy to both German Idealism, which attempted to provide a rational...

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Continuum Movement® Moving Medicine

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

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. Continuum Movement offers an experience of the human body as an elegant composite of interpenetrating...

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Foundations of Modern Philosophy

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 247 West 37th St, New York, NY

Long before the development of modern academic and scientific disciplines, the early modern scientific revolution was exemplified by “natural philosophers”—polymaths like Rene Descartes, Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, and Thomas Hobbes who saw no clear distinction between philosophical, scientific, social, and other forms of inquiry. The scientific revolution, born partly from the insights they provided, was also a philosophical revolution,...

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Kant: Metaphysics and Morality

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 30 Irving Pl, New York, NY

Kant’s “Critical philosophy,” which begins with the appearance of the Critique of Pure Reason in 1781, is an attempt to understand the total scope and limits of human reason, science, and morality.  Moreover, he argues that the purpose of philosophy is to answer the fundamental questions that emerge from such an attempt: “What can we know? What should we do? What can we hope for?” In other words: Can we really know what reality...

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Lived Experience: An Introduction to Phenomenology

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 75 Broad St, New York, NY

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 individual identity, circumstance, history, language, and memory condition lived experience—and thus...

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On the Heights of Despair: an Introduction to E.M. Cioran

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 200 East 38th Street, New York, NY

Delve into the mind of philosopher Emil Cioran, as he explores themes of despair, doubt, and skepticism in a world without God. Join this thought-provoking course and discover Cioran's aphoristic style and its connection to his unconventional philosophy. Explore his life, influences, and the meaning of existence in this engaging exploration of a philosopher of unremitting despair.

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A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing: An Introduction to Marx

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 30 Irving Pl, New York, NY

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 existing, ruthless in two senses: The criticism must not be afraid of its own conclusions,...

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Somatic Techniques to Improve Your Inner Life

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

Discover how empowering self-relating’s somatic techniques can improve your inner life. Caryn has developed ten self-relating principles to resolve unconscious inner conflicts, inhibitions, shame, and trauma. This approach harnesses neuroscience, somatic awareness, heart chakra presence, internal/external movement, and embodied techniques. Through a combination of experiential and embodied exercises, pair explorations, and group work, we tune...

(299) All levels 18 and older
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Living a Luminous Life

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

We are all aware of the impact of sunlight on plant growth and development, but few of us know that a plant actually “sees” where light is emanating from and positions itself to be in optimal alignment with light. This phenomenon is not just occurring in the plant kingdom—humans are also fundamentally directed by light, the same light that spiritual traditions refer to as God and physicists describe as the energy underlying creation. This animating...

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Living Meditation: Deepening & Integrating Practices

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

Living Meditation will guide you into the rich meditative practices and teachings found at the most profound levels of the great spiritual traditions, where the ultimate state of non-dual awareness is all that exists.  In this one day retreat, you will not only deepen your meditation and integrate that practice into everyday life, but you will begin an ongoing process of shedding old, conditioned patterns and uplifting your work life, your...

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Working with the Taoist Philosophy of the Five Elements

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

Full Course Name: A Life In Balance: Working with the Taoist Philosophy of the Five Elements The five elements are the basis for many Taoist longevity practices that emphasize harmony and balance. The original Taoist sages who developed them were among the first internal “ecologists,” experimenting with how the different energies of the elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth (and the organs where they manifest) relate to each other....

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The Long Before the End Book Group

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

A unique learning experience with the goal of creating and supporting a community ready to embrace end of life with intelligence, warmth, and humor. The Long Before The End Book Group is a moderated discussion gathering where members explore death as the protagonist, minor actor, or overarching plotline in contemporary fictional narratives. We do not read “how to die” books, but rather, how to live, long before the end. Some of the benefits...

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The Good, the Bad, and the Evil

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY

The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: an Introduction to Moral Philosophy Why should we be good? What makes an action moral—and how can we know? If an act is moral here and now, is it necessarily moral there and then? Is goodness in some way connected to happiness? And, what constitutes a moral judgment—is it an exercise of reason, or merely an expression of feeling? In this class, we’ll investigate the nature and scope of morality as it’s been...

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Vedantic View of Western Philosophy

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center

Explore the nature of reality and the relationship between the individual and the world from both Eastern and Western perspectives, based on Swami Sivananda’s book Essays in Philosophy.

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Roland Barthes: Beyond Interpretation

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 558 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY

This course—an introduction to the thought of the French philosopher, literary theorist, linguist, and semiotician—asks how Barthes, who began his intellectual life as a committed disenchanter, evolved from architect of structuralist demystification to theorist of the scintillant, a field of investigation that encompassed questions of affect including pleasure, pain, bliss, love, and mourning. The rubric of the scintillating spurred Barthes’s...

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An Anatomy of Melancholy

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

What is melancholy? And why does this term of art shadow the activities of literature and philosophy? Historically, “melancholia” referred to a disorder resulting from an imbalance of the body: an excess of black bile thought to cause sustained sadness, sudden and inexplicable anger, sullen fits, and intense imaginative capability. Melancholy could descend on anyone at any time, irrespective of position or gender—though artists, scholars, lovers,...

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French Existentialism: Beauvoir and Sartre

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY

For Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, the fundamental philosophical problem of the modern age was answering Friedrich Nietzsche’s dictum: god was dead, and so was, as a consequence, traditional western conceptions of morality, justice, and truth itself.  In the cafes of occupied and post-war Paris, Sartre, Beauvoir, and their cohort of fellow existentialists attempted to meet Nietzsche’s challenge: to reimagine the basis of morality...

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Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY

It is difficult to imagine a more ambitious or even hubristic philosophy than that of G.W.F. Hegel. Even Hegel’s most contemptuous critics agreed with his faithful disciples on one count: he simply could not be ignored. It is hardly an exaggeration to say that much of 19th Century European intellectual history is a story about those who were with and against Hegel’s “Absolute Idealism,” grounded in a logic he called “dialectics.” Marxism,...

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Strangers to Ourselves: an Introduction to Freud

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

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, motivations, desire, and suffering. The Freudian revolution destabilized long standing social...

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Intro to Kierkegaard: Existentialism, Faith & Death

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY

Full Course Name: Introduction to Kierkegaard: Existentialism, Faith, and Death Søren Kierkegaard—Hamlet’s equally melancholic Danish counterpart—is frequently regarded as the father of existentialism for his exploration of concepts such as subjectivity, anxiety, and absurdity. This course will be an introduction to the main ideas of the nineteenth-century philosopher and theologian. How did Kierkegaard—through puzzles, pseudonyms, and...

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