The Philosophical Self

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
The Philosophical Self
Fall 2022
Taught By: Inessa Medzhibovskaya
Section: A

CRN: 14285

Credits: 4

There are moments in life when everything changes, imperceptibly or all too abruptly: a catastrophe, death, war, crime, disease, revolution, loss, defeat, captivity, an enforced separation from loved ones—all of these are some of the powerful catalysts for change when a new outlook on life is born —as are events of transcending joy, victory, love, liberation, justice served. One need not be a professional philosopher to have the experience of this change in outlook, but it is hard to avoid asking questions of philosophical nature while trying to assign meaning and make sense (or nonsense) of the puzzles, riddles and challenges of living. The texts, interviews and materials considered in the course are mostly short, representing many genres, time periods, cultures, social stations, ages and genders and personal situations of their participants, allowing for a maximum variety of perspectives with which to engage in order to develop a response of your own. The philosophical selves to be encountered through the work in the course may be meditative, contemplative, empathetic, rationalistic, visionary, prophetic, holy, but also ridiculous, comic, vagrant, pathetic, rebellious, irrational, dangerous, absurd, virtual, criminal and even otherworldly. The course is open to all undergraduates at The New School and might be of special interest to literary studies critics and writers and to philosophy majors. In addition to a carefully curated selection from the treasure trove of philosophy, other texts include romantic, modernist and postmodern poetry, drama, fiction and nonfiction. The final weeks are reserved for converting your preliminary responses created through the course of the semester into your final philosophical statement on the problem, in dialogue with the classics and/or our contemporary writers and thinkers.

After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 12:44pm EST 2/7/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 10:00am - 11:40am
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 702
Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/12/2022