The Life of the Mind

New School for Social Research: Liberal Studies

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students

The Life of the Mind

Spring 2022

Taught By: Inessa Medzhibovskaya

Section: A

CRN: 8440

Credits: 3

This course seeks to meet the needs of those who are interested in thinking about thinking as a trans-disciplinary intellectual task and a methodological approach of choice. We begin with the ancient Greek notion of nous and move on to investigate key concepts developed in the historical course of study of reasoning, apprehending, and rationality (e.g. “productive imagination”), considering the divisions imposed on the topic by professional disciplines examined side by side with contemporary studies about the mind of artificial reality (e.g., the “liquid” mind and the “absent” mind). The course will involve a critical rereading of selections from premodern and modern thinkers, including Kant, Hegel, Husserl, Wittgenstein, Sartre, Adorno, Horkheimer, Arendt, Merleau-Ponty, Deleuze, Kristeva, and Dennett, among others, along with discussion of provocative examples from fiction (e.g. Nabokov), film (e.g., Terrence Malick), theater (e.g., Beckett), and visual and acoustic media—to consider the pros and cons of thinking for oneself, of making judgments in disconnection and isolation vis-à-vis thinking conventionally and algorithmically while living as we are in an age of total distraction and conceptual disempowerment. Priority to enroll is given to Liberal Studies majors at the NSSR and in the BAMA program, but graduate students from all disciplines at the NSSR and The New School are also encouraged. A small quota of seats may be available to qualified seniors at Lang and those in the BAFA program, but the instructor’s permission is required.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Liberal Studies (GLIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 9, 2022 (Wednesday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 19, 2022 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:08pm 5/17/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 912

Date Range: 1/31/2022 - 5/16/2022