This winter & spring we’ll study “Psychiatry, Economics, Aesthetics”—Chapter 10 in Self and World by Eli Siegel—in relation to the cultures of the world and history.
This chapter is the first full-scale junction of these three things—psychiatry, economics, and aesthetics—in social thought.
February 12 We Want to Be Free and Secure, Says the ‘Noble Savage’ of Rousseau
Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Social Contract is deeply about aesthetics. Were his musical compositions and his revolutionary social thought directly related?
February 19 “Essay on the Gift,” or — Marcel Mauss, To & From, and You
Looking at the NY Times essay by Natalie Angier, “For That Zeus Bug in Your Life” (12-24-2013 D1)
March 5 The Inevitable Good: to Help Myself and Be Useful to You.
The Indian nations of America, in common with every one of us, are trying to deal accurately with the opposites of “Me” and “You.”
March 19 The Fury of the Combat, the Value of the Goal
From the Mideast to the Pacific islands to Brooklyn, is there a profound mismatch between the way we go for economic victories and the value of the goods? What has it done to the self through history?
March 22 SATURDAY (Not Wednesday March 19) Anishaabe Artists of the Great Lakes
We meet with The Visual Arts and the Opposites class, taught by Marcia Rackow, at the National Museum of the American Indian at 11 AM, for the show “Before & After the Horizon.”
April 2 The Opposites In a Culture, As I See Them: Students Speak
April 16 Selfishness, Altruism, and Cinderella — a Worldwide Theme
Do opposing emotions have an inevitable relation? Does that relation honor ethics?