The Consolation of Philosophy

New School for Social Research: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students

The Consolation of Philosophy

Summer 2020

Taught By: Zed Adams and Daniel Rodriguez-Navas

Section: A

CRN: 2142

Credits: 3

When the world is broken, what solace can philosophy provide? Optimists such as Seneca and Boethius have thought that philosophy can give our lives meaning even under conditions of extreme deprivation. Pessimists such as Montaigne and Schopenhauer think philosophy alone isn't enough. In this intensive summer course, we will read and discuss a number of classic texts that debate philosophy's value in times of crisis. We will also view and discuss a series of films that explore both the power, and the limitations, of philosophical strategies for coping with a broken world. Tuesday meetings will be primarily based on the week's readings, and Thursday meetings will be primarily based on the week's film(s). The class meetings will be discussion-based. But brief, pre-recorded lectures will be made available before each meeting.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Philosophy (GPHI)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: June 7, 2020 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: July 12, 2020 (Sunday)

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: 2:31am 8/8/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 8:00pm - 9:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 6/2/2020 - 7/21/2020