Philosophy of the sublime: horror

Course Dates: 20/07/21 - 03/08/21
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Online
The sublime - dreadful, ecstatic, terrifying, awesome, uncanny, perverse - names the uncommon in human experience. The dark sublime of horror reveals our mortality and those dangerous transformations of self that lead us into an unsettling beyond.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00

Course Code: HP194

Tue, day, 20 Jul - 03 Aug '21

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The genre of Horror evokes many aspects of the sublime. In aesthetics, the term is usually taken in contrast to beauty, here a wider philosophical use of the ‘sublime’ will be followed to think about the concept and significance of ‘horror’ especially in its psychological aspects.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Drawing on a range of examples from art, cinema and literature, the following topics will be thought about:

¿ Disgust, emotions and psychic disunity incl. Julia Kristeva’s idea of the ‘abject’.
¿ Form, matter and evil incl. the Neoplatonic inheritance.
¿ The uncanny and the perverse incl. Deleuze & Guattari’s idea of the ‘Body without Organs’.

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

Using ideas of the abject, ‘matter’ and the perverse, discuss the concept of ‘horror’ with reference to several examples from cinema.

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

The course does not assume any prior knowledge, however some familiarity with or interest in the horror genre would be beneficial.

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

The course will run in seminar format with short presentations including group discussion and Q&A. There will be some readings discussed in pairs or small groups in the sessions. Slides and relevant links will be available online. No work outside class.

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

Note Making equipment of your own choice. Handouts of portions of relevant texts will be provided during the course.

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

You might be interested in HP195 Philosophy and the sublime: magic and imagination.

John Goff Tutor Website

From reading Philosophy at a young age to the formal study of Cognitive Science, Philosophy & Psychology at the Universities of London and Sussex - after a prior career in video-arts - John Goff has been presenting philosophy courses to adults since the early 2000s. He uses a cross-disciplinary, seminar-based approach in his courses, drawing on Philosophy, Psychology and the wider Humanities & Social Sciences with an emphasis on the intersection of contemporary and classical European and Asian philosophical thought. He is the author of several works of philosophical fiction concerning artificial minds and organisms and alternative-human worlds including the novel 'The Last Days of the Most Hidden Man' and the novellas 'Eidopolis', 'Agents of Erasure' and 'Jupiter|Saturn'. His academic writings can be found on his page at ''.

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