Curriculum/Advanced Philosophy

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Motivation

Students will learn the principles of philosophic inquiry, abstract reasoning and critical thought and apply these tools to software production.

Course consists primarily of a reading list and writing assignments based on that reading. Participants will be nourished with constant conversation about key concepts as well as seminars which will be open to all students.

Core ideas

The course traces the history and evolution of ideas with particular attention to the following arcs:

Technology in pre-history ~ Ancient Sumer and the emergence of civilization ~ Science and myth in Ancient Greece ~ The Age of Prophets ~ Middle Ages and religious rule ~ Protestantism and the liberal ideology ~ Mind, body and industry ~ History of anarchism ~ Death of god ~ The battle of ideologies ~ Modernity, abstraction, alienation ~ Current prophesies

Core material

  • Republic, Plato
  • Prison Writings: The Roots of Civilization, Abdullah Ocalan
  • The Story of Philosophy, Durant
  • The Story of Number: How Mathematics Shaped Civilization, John McLeish
  • The Prince, Machiavelli
  • Ethics, Spinoza
  • Belong Good and Evil, Nietzsche
  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche
  • On Being A Pagan, Alain de Benoist
  • The Fourth Political Theory, Alexander Dugin
  • Baudrillard: Agony of Power
  • The Sociology of Freedom, Abdullah Ocalan

Complimentary modules

1. Democratic modernity

  • The PKK and the Kurdish Question in the 21st Century, Abdullah Ocalan
  • The Ecology of Freedom: Murray Bookchin
  • Anti-Tech Revolution, Why and How
  • Ivan Illich, Tools for Conviviality
  • Ivan Illich, Tools for Conviviality
  • Manifesto for a European Renaissance, Alain de Benoist

2. Counter-economics

  • The New Libertarian Manifesto, Samuel L Konkin
  • Princes of Yen, Richard Werner
  • Crypto-current, Nick Land
  • Zeroes and Ones, Sadie Plant

3. Philosophy of science

  • Order Out of Chaos, Ilya Prigogine
  • Fundamental Theory of Physics, Stephen Wolfram
  • Recursion and Contingency, Yuk Hui

Still under review

  • The Conquest of Bread, Peter Kropotkin
  • A Guide for the Perplexed, E. F. Schumacher
  • Against Method, Paul Feyerabend
  • The Metaphysics of War, Julius Evola
  • Story of Civilization, Durant
  • Copleston History of Philosophy
  • The Technological Society, Jacques Ellul
  • Christianity, the first 3000 years, Diarmaid MacCulloch