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Semester and Year Offered: Monsoon
Course Coordinator and Team: Dr Rajan Krishnan
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The explores few key philosophical texts that connect the notions of subject and sensorium in significant ways. It prepares students to understand the complex location of contemporary subject formation in relationship to the sensorium.This is a heavily lecture based course that revolves around three pairs of philosophical texts. The first pair is the texts of Heidegger and Benjamin; the second is that of Sextus Empiricus and Descartes; the third is that of Hegel and Deleuze. Through these texts the students are prompted to think of the relationship of subjectivity to sensorium. The course hopes to stimulate all students to a thorough going reflexion on how in creative and social process the subject formation varies according to its relationship to the mobilization of sensory input.
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Module I: “Age of the World Picture” Martin Heidegger and “Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” by Walter Benjamin. Both these were written in 1936; hence the students are prompted to think of the concept of age and how these two essays characterize the age.
Module II: Selections from the writings of Sextus Empiricus on scepticism and selections from the first Meditations of Descartes.
Module III: Selected passages from Hegel’s “Phenemenology of Spirit” and Gilles Deleuze’s “Logic of Sense”.
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