This class is part of a course titled "PHILOSOPHY 101"
It's taught by Richard Pope, Executive Director of The People's Colloquium.
• Class Introduction: During this lecture, we'll cover French Postmodernism, tracing its historical and ideological roots and exploring notions related to individuality, knowledge, and reality. With Postmodernism, we see the culmination of a trend in modern philosophy beginning with German Romanticism and Idealism and proceeding through Continentalism and Existentialism. Basic Postmodernist ideas include a belief in progress, utopia, unfettered individuality, a hesitation (and occasional distrust) toward accepting rational/material/scientific explanatory paradigms, and an analysis of how language/concepts/power create what we think of as reality. We'll map the ideas of a variety of thinkers and make forays into Structuralism, Poststructuralism, Deconstructionism, Surrealism, Psychoanalysis, Marxism, The Frankfurt School, and more.
• Course introduction: The purpose of Philosophy 101 is to provide an introduction and overview of the ideas, philosophers, and philosophical schools canonized as western philosophy. Each lecture and discussion stands alone while combining together into a fuller exploration of western philosophy as a whole.
• Richard Pope studied philosophy at Kent State University and Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental medicine. In addition to western philosophy, his academic interests include the history of Buddhism and its modernization, speculative fiction, and the intersection of narrative and ideas.
• Guidelines for Participation: http://peoplescolloquium.org/guidelines/
• Course syllabus: http://peoplescolloquium.org/philosophy-101-syllabus/