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Brooklyn Institute for Social Research
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The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, established in 2011, offers liberal arts education and research opportunities to local communities while supporting young scholars. With a mission to engage various intellectual traditions, the institute aims to provide accessible education and foster active, engaged citizens.

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Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

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Philosophy of History

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

Embark on a journey through the ages to unravel the mysteries of historical philosophy. From Enlightenment ideals to modern critiques, explore divergent perspectives on the purpose and trajectory of history. Delve into the implications of these philosophical inquiries for contemporary politics, science, and culture, and ponder the significance of historical narratives in shaping our understanding of the world.

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Tourism: Space, Leisure, and the Global Economy

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

Embark on a critical exploration of global tourism's impact on space, leisure, and the economy. From the evolution of mass travel to contemporary digital nomadism, delve into the complexities of tourist economies and their effects on both travelers and local communities worldwide. Challenge conventional notions of authenticity and examine the intersections of commodification, imperialism, and ecology in the realm of leisure travel.

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Late-Capitalist Architecture

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

Explore the intersections of architecture and late capitalism. Delve into the material, formal, and ideological dimensions of architectural manifestations under financialized capital. Analyze how architecture reflects and responds to the instabilities and crises of contemporary life, offering insights into collective political agency amidst commercial imperatives.

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God or Nature: Spinoza’s Ethics

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

Discover the revolutionary philosophy of Spinoza as we delve into his magnum opus, the Ethics. Explore Spinoza's monistic materialism and his groundbreaking notion of God or Nature. Uncover the enduring legacy of Spinoza's ideas across philosophy, politics, science, and religion.

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Speed, Aesthetics, and War: an Introduction to Paul Virilio

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 45 Main St , Brooklyn, NY

Discover the profound insights of Paul Virilio in this course that delves into his exploration of war, speed, and military technology. Examine how rapid technological advancements have reshaped modern warfare and everyday life, challenging traditional narratives of progress. Engage with Virilio's key concepts and texts to understand the intricate interplay between technology, perception, and societal structures.

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Black Mountain College: Art, Poetry, and the Counterculture

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 411 S 5th St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the radical experiment in arts education and democratic self-governance that was Black Mountain College, often called the “American Bauhaus.” Explore its philosophical and aesthetic roots, the innovative methods of instructors like John Cage and Buckminster Fuller, and its lasting impact on postwar art and countercultural movements. Delve into the college's history, its social and political life, and its influence on today's experimental educational and artistic communities.

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Machiavelli: Power, Realism, and Political Theory

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

Explore the strategic, power-based approach of Machiavelli's The Prince and its profound impact on modern political theory. Delve into his major works, including The Discourses on Livy and Mandragola, and examine the interpretations of thinkers like Gramsci and Althusser. Uncover how Machiavelli's ideas challenge the interplay between morality and politics and their relevance to contemporary political discourse.

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Everything Flows: an Introduction to Heraclitus

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Embark on an intellectual journey into the depths of Heraclitus's radical philosophy of constant flux. Explore his influence on figures from Plato to Nietzsche and delve into modern interpretations, including Hegel's dialectic and Whitehead's process philosophy. Unravel the enigmatic fragments of Heraclitus's thought to uncover timeless insights into the nature of existence.

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On the Concept of Religion

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Explore the complex and often incoherent concept of "religion" in this thought-provoking course. Delve into classic social scientific methodologies and examine diverse scriptures and commentaries that challenge hegemonic understandings. Engage with contemporary critiques and genealogies to deepen your understanding of the varied practices, beliefs, and institutions categorized under “religion.”

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The Pre-Raphaelites: Art, Beauty, and Transgression

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the rebellious world of the Pre-Raphaelites, challenging classical aesthetics with their daring depictions of beauty and transgression. Delve into the social, political, and artistic motivations behind their revolutionary movement. Discover how they reshaped notions of beauty, truth, and the real through provocative imagery and groundbreaking symbolism.

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Pokémon: Cuteness and Commodities

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the global phenomenon of Pokémon through a critical lens. From its origins as a Game Boy game to its augmented reality evolution, delve into the cultural, social, and economic implications of this iconic franchise. Analyze Pokémon's influence on consumption patterns, national identity, and affective experiences in contemporary society alongside renowned scholars in the field.

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Proust in Time: In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Embark on an exploration of Proust's profound portrayal of adolescence and modernity. Delve into themes of memory, identity, and societal change against the backdrop of Belle Époque France and the aftermath of World War I. Whether you're a newcomer to Proust or a seasoned reader, join us to unravel the complexities of his timeless masterpiece within the context of its modernist influences and our contemporary world.

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Melinda Cooper: Family Values

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Dive into the intricate intersections of free-market neoliberalism and social conservatism with Melinda Cooper's illuminating exploration. Unravel the unexpected alliance forged through the centrality of family and Christian values in late 20th-century politics. Through critical analysis, delve into the underlying motivations behind this alliance and its implications for our understanding of liberty, inequality, and the market.

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What is Financialization?

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the intricate web of financialization and its profound impact on the economy and society. Unravel the complexities of this phenomenon, from the rise of the financial sector to its implications for corporate governance and inequality. Delve into key texts by economists and sociologists to grasp the far-reaching consequences of financialization in the modern world.

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William Faulkner: Absalom, Absalom

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Embark on a profound exploration of William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! and its impact on Southern narratives of race and history. Delve into Faulkner's literary excavation of the South's dark past, challenging official evasions and confronting the legacy of racism. Explore the perspectives of influential writers influenced by Faulkner's work, from James Baldwin to Toni Morrison, as we critically examine his complex portrayal of race and society.

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Greek Mythology: Order and Chaos

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Delve into the origins of Western thought with Greek Mythology. Explore cosmic order, divine origins, and the complexities of human existence through close readings of ancient texts. Unravel the mysteries of creation, gender, justice, and the divine in this captivating journey through myth and philosophy.

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Gershom Scholem: Mysticism & the Philosophy of History

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Delve into the rich intellectual legacy of Gershom Scholem. Explore his profound insights into Jewish mysticism and its intersection with contemporary politics and the Jewish historical condition. Uncover Scholem's influential philosophy of history, rooted in kabbalah, messianism, and a deep engagement with language, literature, and nationhood.

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Downtown Music: Culture, Technology, and the American Avant-Garde

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Embark on a journey through the avant-garde sounds of downtown Manhattan. Discover the revolutionary music of Yoko Ono, La Monte Young, and their peers, challenging mainstream culture and institutionalized modernism. Uncover the complex intersections between music, culture, and technology, and explore how this vibrant movement continues to shape art and society today.

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Happiness and Capitalism: Work, Wealth, and Misery

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the intricate relationship between happiness and capitalism in this interdisciplinary course. Delve into philosophical, psychoanalytic, and ethnographic perspectives to dissect the complexities of well-being in modern society. From workplace dynamics to consumption patterns, unravel the paradoxes and pains underlying the pursuit of happiness amidst capitalist structures.

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Gender, Sex, and Performance: an Introduction to Judith Butler

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Embark on a comprehensive exploration of Judith Butler's groundbreaking theories on gender, sex, and performance. From their seminal work in Gender Trouble to their latest insights in Who’s Afraid of Gender?, delve into Butler's complex examination of identity and politics. Gain a nuanced understanding of Butler's influential contributions to feminist and queer theory, challenging conventional notions of gender and sexuality.

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Reviews of Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

(4.6-star rating across 29 reviews)
  • James Joyce: Ulysses

    Reviewed by Francis D G. on 7/5/2022
    It was not easy, but I didn't expect it to be. I got some very useful insight into the book, which will help in my second reading. I will be looking for more classes taught by Professor Porte.
  • Proust in Time: The Prisoner

    Anonymous review on 2/19/2021
    pretentious, and unwelcoming professor
  • God or Nature: Spinoza’s Ethics

    Anonymous review on 3/31/2020
    This was a great class. I'm excited to continue to take BISR classes every month for the rest of my life! LOL I'm serious.
  • The Singularity: AI & the Post-Human Future

    Anonymous review on 2/27/2019
    Required more structure. Seemed more of a reading review club, than an instructional class.
  • Jorge Luis Borges: Mysticism, Fiction, and Politics

    Anonymous review on 7/31/2018
    Teacher was knowledgeable, good readings, active participants.
  • Signal and Noise: An Introduction to Statistics

    Reviewed by Sergio C. on 6/27/2018
    Excellent class. Excellent instructor. Raphaële breathed life into stats. Very fun class!
  • Mining: Industry, Ecology, and Capitalism

    Anonymous review on 11/8/2023
  • Hannah Arendt: The Human Condition

    Anonymous review on 6/26/2021
  • Henry James: The Portrait of a Lady

    Reviewed by Christine S. on 12/13/2020
  • Don DeLillo: Underworld

    Reviewed by Christine S. on 11/19/2020
  • Freedom, Politics, and the Individual

    Reviewed by Christine S. on 10/10/2020
  • The Mahabharata: From Exile to Apocalypse

    Reviewed by Christine S. on 7/10/2020
  • Feminist Science Fiction

    Reviewed by Matt P. on 3/31/2020
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Evil

    Reviewed by Morgan H. on 2/18/2020
  • An Introduction to Schopenhauer

    Reviewed by Anh T. on 12/11/2019
  • Kant’s Critical Aesthetics

    Reviewed by Blanca Q. on 8/5/2019
  • Hannah Arendt: The Human Condition

    Anonymous review on 7/10/2019
  • Fiction and Inner Life: Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

    Reviewed by William J. on 3/23/2018
  • Fiction and Inner Life: Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

    Anonymous review on 3/23/2018
  • Introduction to Music Theory

    Reviewed by Marinis P. on 3/21/2018
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