Contemporary Philosophy - Self Under Siege

 

This APDG Meetup group will focus on contemporary philosophers as defined by  Professor Rick Roderick in his Teaching Company course, "The Self Under Siege:Philosophy in the 20th Century".  Professor Roderick will discuss the insights offered by such names as Heidegger, Sartre, Marcuse, Habermas, Foucalt, Derrida, Baudrillard. He suggests our current situation with the following quote, "The complex systems under which we live (economic, technological, global) have put the self "under siege", overloaded with information and images that offer no meaning for us.  We have difficulty making any sense out of our lives."

The meeting will open with discussion of the video lecture of the previous meeting, then move to the viewing of the next video lecture and then adjourn. IT IS STRONGLY SUGGESTED THAT ATTENDEES READ THE RECOMMENDED READING MATERIAL AND/OR THE POSTINGS BY MEMBERS ON THE DISCUSSION BOARD. WE WILL MEET EVERY OTHER MONDAY GIVING MEMBERS TIME TO CONSIDER THE LECTURE AND RESEARCH THE PHILOSOPHER DISCUSSED BY PROFESSOR RODERICK. SUGGEST CHECKING DISSCUSION POSTINGS COUPLE OF DAYS BEFORE MEETING FOR ANY INSIGHTS, RECOMMENDED READING. 

The lecture tonight will be #2 in the series of 8...

"Heidegger and the Rejection of Humanism"

Sugessted reading...  As a minimum... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidegger

If you have more time...http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/heidegger/

(as a minimum read Division 1 material)

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  • Ray

    Same as Bill; sorry.

    July 22, 2013

  • Bill M.

    something came up at work and i can't make it. sorry!

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've just finished Dreyfuss on Heidegger with Houston Great Books, and I know ole Rickbird Roderick through many years of following his career through Teaching Co. Heidegger's an old Nazi that's the truth, but I think he is onto something about how hard it is to swim upstream in a cultural system,though we obviously have to do a better job than he did. I can't wait to hear Ricky transcend bias and "model" rational objectivity,however.

    July 21, 2013

    • Leonard H.

      I look forward to your takes on Heidegger and on the lecture. See you tomorrow night.

      July 21, 2013

  • Kim

    Here's an academic who's resisting the siege of self and whose view is interesting in that it gives an idea of what postmodernism is not. Of course, there may always be an overlap. http://people.virginia.edu/~smd5r/Web%20Bibliography.htm

    July 21, 2013

  • Bill M.

    Here is a free online course on The Modern and the PostModern: https://www.coursera.org/course/modernpostmodern

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Steven Patrick B.

    Powerful title!

    July 17, 2013

  • Adam

    Have to teach and won't be there at the start but will definitely be there a little after 8!

    July 12, 2013

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