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Course, academic year 2020/2021
Philosofical Course B II - OPBX2O120B
Title: Filosofický kurz B II a
Guaranteed by: Katedra občanské výchovy a filosofie (41-KOVF)
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Actual: from 2020
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 2
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:0/2 C [hours/week]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (60)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: doc. Mgr. Michael Hauser, Ph.D.
Annotation -
Last update: doc. Mgr. Michael Hauser, Ph.D. (21.01.2020)
Critical Theory, The Frankfurt School and the Curious Case of Walter Benjamin. In the early twentieth century, a group of intellectuals broadly known as the Frankfurt School sought to move beyond standard approaches in social analysis to investigate the unique challenges posed by capitalism, modern bureaucracy, and mass politics. Against the backdrop of Nazism, Stalinism and monopoly capitalism, the Frankfurt School asked two questions: How did we get here? and Where does emancipation lie? Influenced by Hegel, Marx, Weber, Nietzsche and Freud, they drew from a wide array of intellectual disciplines and theoretical approaches in an effort to diagnose the pathological world of modernity. Office hours will be right after the class by the appointment.
Aim of the course
Last update: doc. Mgr. Michael Hauser, Ph.D. (21.01.2020)

There will be assigned weekly readings that students should be prepared to discuss. Each student will be responsible for leading one week’s discussion.

IN addition students will be expected to do extra readings, to develop an individual project and to write one five-page paper on that project.

Students are encouraged to simply sit in, provided that reading and participation occur. A general background in Marx, Hagel and Freud will prove helpful but is not a requirement.


Last update: doc. Mgr. Michael Hauser, Ph.D. (21.01.2020)

A complete reading list and syllabus will be available at the time of our first meetings.


Last update: doc. Mgr. Michael Hauser, Ph.D. (21.01.2020)

Walter Benjamin (1892 -1940) German Jewish literary critic, philosopher and freethinker was associated with the Institute for Social Research often referred to as the Frankfurt School.

The course will attempt to aid participants to meet the ideas, attitudes and concerns that Benjamins oeuvre reflects. We will situate the philosopher and literary critic Walter Benjamin inside of the field of intellectual thought Western Marxism and debates about modernity. Much about Benjamin defies his easy placement within any single cultural field. Benjamin's theorizing has proven important to literary history, literary sociology, cultural criticism, aesthetics, urban studies, Jewish theology and philosophy. His impact is the result of his deft and subtle understanding concerning the topic of boundaries. His attempts to deduce important moments lay in his ability to create a network of constellations complex enough to pit and juxtapose disparate fields in an attempt to leverage and create new ways of seeing.

The class will situate Walter Benjamin in relation to the main ideas in social theory and Western Marxism and demonstrate the relevance of his ideas as they relate to topics today.

The time together will be used to submerge into the topics that Benjamin believed to be key to the understanding of the nature of philosophical reflection and the role of language and its relationship to thought. We will read in full his most celebrated short texts such as: The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, The Author as Producer, Thesis on the Philosophy of History and The Story Teller. We will profit from time spent reading excerpts from his cityscapes, personal letters and unfinished masterpiece The Arcades Project, an evaluation of the city life of 19th-century Paris.

Course completion requirements
Last update: doc. Mgr. Michael Hauser, Ph.D. (21.01.2020)

Students will be expected to take an active part in weekly class discussions, do one presentation  and produce one five page paper . While students will be expected to read all the obligatory texts they will also have the freedom to persue their own interests complimentary to the main works.

Students will be given considerable support and freedom to read in areas Benjamin concerned himself with as they line up with the interests of the participants.

Walk with Walter Benjamin through cities, texts  and the life of the mind!

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