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231 ratings
54 reviews
This course examines how the idea of "the modern" develops at the end of the 18th century in European philosophy and literature, and how being modern (or progressive, or hip) became one of the crucial criteria for understanding and evaluating cultural change. Are we still in modernity, or have we moved beyond the modern to the postmodern?...
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Intensity and the Ordinary: Sex, Death, Aggression and Guilt

With a focus on Civilization and its Discontents, we examine how Freud’s theories tried to expose profound instincts as they appeared in daily life....
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4 videos (Total 49 min), 1 reading
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Intensity and the Ordinary: Sex, Death, Aggression and Guilt II13m
Intensity and the Ordinary: Sex, Death, Aggression and Guilt III13m
Intensity and the Ordinary: Sex, Death, Aggression and Guilt IV9m
Reading1 reading
Intensity and the Ordinary: Sex, Death, Aggression and Guilt--Freud10m

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Intensity and the Ordinary: Art, Loss, Forgiveness

A reading of Virginia Woolf’s modernist novel To the Lighthouse shows how giving up the search for the “really real” can liberate one to attend to the everyday....
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4 videos (Total 57 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
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Intensity and the Ordinary: Art, Loss, Forgiveness II12m
Intensity and the Ordinary: Art, Loss, Forgiveness III14m
Intensity and the Ordinary: Art, Loss, Forgiveness IV14m
Reading1 reading
Intensity and the Ordinary: Art, Loss, Forgiveness--Woolf10m

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The Postmodern Everyday

We go back to Ralph Waldo Emerson and forward to Ludwig Wittgenstein to consider how forms of life and language games need to foundation to be compelling....
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4 videos (Total 54 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
The Postmodern Everyday II13m
The Postmodern Everyday III16m
The Postmodern Everyday IV12m
Reading1 reading
The Postmodern Everyday--Emerson and Wittgenstein10m
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Top Reviews

By CMMar 12th 2016

Sad to see it end. I loved this course. I thought Professor Roth was a great guide. As I've completed Part 2 I am tempted to go listen to the lectures all over again. This hooked me on MOOCs. 6 stars.

By SCOct 25th 2015

The course is great . I am not a humanities student and english is not my first language , so I find writing essays difficult. I wish there were some easier tests along side the essays. Thank you.

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