DESCRIPTION OF THIS SEMESTER’S CLASSES
There is a hope in the human sciences to have a really accurate, truly adequate description of the self. This principle by Eli Siegel, “All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves,” is that accuracy, that profound scientific adequacy. It belongs with Einstein’s E=mc2 in its power to explain otherwise unintelligible specifics in the widest possible field. The current semester is based on that great principle.
1. September 24 A Feeling Is a Fact In New Guinea Rainforest & New York Kitchen
That feelings are facts means we can study them like any other facts. Like the humidity of a clear day, a feeling has its causes and its effects. What are they? What laws govern them? This semester looks into these questions.
2. October 8 Love and War on the American Plains: Dakota, Cheyenne, Blackfeet
3. October 22 Notions We Have in Common with Early People Including, Who’s a Friend or Foe?
4. November 5 Strong & Graceful: Great Women of Korean Folklore
5. SATURDAY November 29 The Museum, the Hut, the Tent – & Respect for Beauty
[NOT Wednesday, NOVEMBER 19]
We meet with The Visual Arts and the Opposites class taught by Marcia Rackow
at a Museum to be announced in New York City, 11 AM.
6. December 3 For and Against in Well-Told African Tales
7. December 17 Students Speak on the Place of Aesthetics in Anthropology