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German Idealism and its Aftermath: Philosophical and Poetic Reactions with Michael Pelias

Given the multiple Left, Liberal and Neo-conservative interpretations of German idealism in terms of the end(s) of history and or its new beginning, we will interpret the world historical spirit (1) in the light of the enlightenment (2) through a close reading of Hegel’s Phenomenology engage the contemporary world and its multiple variations. By thinking through the aftermath of the closure of Western philosophical thought and its meaning for the neo-liberal epoch, we will encounter some of the poetic responses to this closure and the attempts made philosophically to reorient thought. Authors read will include Kant, Hegel, Mallarme, and Rimbaud among others.

James Baldwin High School
Room 317
351 West 18th St
New York, NY 10011

(6:30 – 8:30pm): a ten week course starting October 15th, 2019 — $15 per session or $150 for all ten sessions.


Kant, Immanuel. “What is Enlightenment?” (pg. 54–60)
*Please read Kant’s short piece on defining the Enlightenment for the first class

Hegel, G.W. F. Phenomenology of Spirit trans, by A.V. Miller. Oxford University Press

Schelling, F.W.J. Philosophical Investigations into the Essence of Human Freedom
**There will some handouts given in class as well including Marx’s critique of Hegel’s dialectic

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