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The Enlightenment Invention of the Modern Self #2020

The Enlightenment Invention of the Modern Self In lectures that let you see the world through the eyes of the Enlightenment s greatest writers follow the origin of new ways of thinking ideas we today take for granted but are startlingly recent

  • Title: The Enlightenment Invention of the Modern Self
  • Author: Leo Damrosch
  • ISBN: 9781565856936
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Audiobook
  • The Enlightenment Invention of the Modern Self By Leo Damrosch, In 24 lectures that let you see the world through the eyes of the Enlightenment s greatest writers, follow the origin of new ways of thinking ideas we today take for granted but are startlingly recent about the individual and society You ll discover how these notions emerged in an era of transition from a world dominated by classical thought, institutional religion, and tIn 24 lectures that let you see the world through the eyes of the Enlightenment s greatest writers, follow the origin of new ways of thinking ideas we today take for granted but are startlingly recent about the individual and society You ll discover how these notions emerged in an era of transition from a world dominated by classical thought, institutional religion, and the aristocracy to one that was increasingly secular, scientific, skeptical, and middle class.These lectures are essentially about ideas and about books how great ideas are alive and powerful in the pages of significant written works The guiding premise is that the best way to appreciate the thinking of a given period is to explore its literature You ll note or discuss at length a range of novels, autobiographies, and biographies from the 1670s to the 1790s, including The Pilgrim s Progress, Candide, The London Journal, The Social Contract, Confessions, and Songs of Innocence and of Experience.If you haven t already done so, this is your opportunity to familiarize yourself with this remarkable collection of works What was, after all, the modern self that the Enlightenment invented This engaging lecture series suggests that it was a new human insight, one that rejected absolute or easily generalized explanations and embraced the conflict, confusion, and paradox of life It was a new and dynamic account of human life one that continues to both benefit and afflict us And in the company of a master educator, you can finally discover why our everyday lives in the modern world are indebted to the writings of the Enlightenment thinkers.

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    1. I ve read a decent amount of philosophy but as a bit of a narcissist it s my parent s fault I always want to know What s in it for me With Existentialism my existence precedes my essence, which makes me authentically absurd But what s with shooting random people on the beach and always wearing a scruffy raincoat I once smoked an unfiltered Gauloise, which is not an experience I want to repeat.Every business meeting I go to I draw strength from Nietzsche s maxim What does not kill me makes me str [...]

    2. As I was listening to this lecture series I was telling my wife why I thought it was so important for us to understand the nature of our self She responded the Greeks gave us the concept of the self This lecture starts off with the fact that when the Oracle at Delphi says know thy self what they really meant to ancient listeners would have been entirely different from our modern interpretation and would have meant something like know your proper place in society and don t rise above your statio [...]

    3. Professor Damrosch narrates his lecture on the Enlightenment and its contribution to the modern idea of self I will be listening to his other lectures.

    4. This course systematizes much of the sense of self you ve collected from pop psychology and casual reading of classic novels It feels highly selective rather than comprehensive, but it was a semi regular sequence of interesting moments, the best of which were Damrosch s synthesis, rather than his analysis of individual works It ended very much with the sense that there is no consensus on self, but at least 3 competing models of self, with mild criticism of an unidentified modern perspective Rath [...]

    5. The late Leo Damrosch is an excellent lecturer I m not that much into philosophy, but I m glad I learned about the origins of the Enlightenment Damrosch does a good job of putting the players and ideas in context, from which you can draw a line all the way to modern times.

    6. I had just finished the excellent lecture series about the philosophical evolution of the Enlightenment by Dr Kors Birth of the Modern Mind The Intellectual History of the 17th and 18th Centuries , and was interested in finding out a bit from a different set of eyesterary eyes in this case I was initially a bit disappointed and lost in the first two lectures, until I read thoroughly the scope of the course and got out of the Kors inspired materialistic mode and tried to think like a poet auth [...]

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