Philosophy and cultural theory

Course Dates: 12/01/24 - 22/03/24
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: Keeley Street
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We will look the philosophical underpinnings of culture through the writings of key philosophers who engage critically with the self images of the post enlightenment era. In particular we well look at Ideology, language and art in the context of cultural reproduction.
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Philosophy and cultural theory
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  • Course Code: HP130
  • Dates: 12/01/24 - 22/03/24
  • Time: 12:30 - 14:30
  • Taught: Fri, Daytime
  • Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Barrie Selwyn

Course Code: HP130

Started Fri, day, 12 Jan - 22 Mar '24

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

We will look the philosophical underpinnings of culture through the writings of key philosophers who engage critically with the self images of the post enlightenment era. In particular we well look at Ideology, language and art in the context of cultural reproduction.

What will we cover?

Kant, Schiller, Schelling and the legacy of Romanticism
Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Freud
Adorno and the Dialectic of Enlightenment
From One Dimensional Man To Capitalist Realism ( Mark Fisher).

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Understand the key debates in Culture theory and apply some of the key concepts to current issues and debates about culture.
Engage with both secondary and primary texts with a clear overview of some of the key thinkers in this area.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is designed for learners who are interested in both literature and philosophy and enjoy both cultural and literary analysis. An open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Interactive lectures will provide you with opportunities to develop your ideas and engage with some key texts.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Kai Hammermeister’s German Aesthetic Tradition provides an excellent overview of many of the philosophers we will study on this course. There are many second hand copies available on Amazon.
Stuart Jefferies’s Grand Hotel Abyss – The Lives of the Frankfurt School will give you a very readable insight into many aspects of Culture Theory. Available on Amazon for £10-58.
Dialectics of Enlightenment and One Dimensional Man can be accessed free online.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Visit www.citylit.ac.uk for the full range of philosophy courses on offer.

Barrie Selwyn

Barrie Selwyn is a regular tutor at City Lit. Formerly the Principal of Kingston Adult Education, he is the lead tutor for the School of Ideas at Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College. Educated at Hackney Downs School, Sussex University and University of London, he is a highly respected adult educationalist specializing in philosophy and literature. Barrie is the Chair of the Kingston Philosophy Café, which he helped to set up in 2007. He is a regular speaker around London philosophy venues, talking on topics such as Nietzsche and the Frankfurt School, Kant and post-Kantian Idealism and Richard Rorty and post-analytic philosophy. He is also an alto saxophonist and a keen jazz fan.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.