Webinar on the genre of philosophical story

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May 21, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Literature, Philosophy, Russian or Soviet History / Studies

Dear list members,


Borderlines Open School of Advanced Cross-Cultural Studies proudly presents a new cycle of lectures in Literature / Philosophy by Prof. Saul Morson (Northwestern University)

The Genre of Philosophical Story around the World

This focused cycle considers a form of narrative present in cultures around the world, the philosophical story. These stories pose questions about life: what is life’s meaning, how do we face our inevitable death, why is there evil and suffering, what does it mean to be human, and how should we live. In various epochs and in many cultures, such narratives demonstrate very similar features. Together with Professor Morson, expert in literary theory, history of ideas and philosophy, we will go into the complexities, depths, mysteries, and riddles of this genre to see how these stories are constructed and what they aim to impart to their readers.

Join us for a free introductory lecture “Wisdom and Sage” on May 21, 5pm ET. This webinar will focus on how philosophical stories work, what can they do better than philosophical essays and how they show us the complexity of things.

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/8216208024105/WN_HEg8_SMtR9umBbt0uNs-OQ

Texts to be covered in the introductory lecture and later in the course (will be sent in advance to all the registered participants):
The Wisdom of Solomon. Kings, chapter 3
Voltaire, “The Story of a Good Brahmin”
G. K. Chesterton, “The Secret of Father Brown”
Jorge Luis Borges, “The Garden of Forking Paths”
Leo Tolstoy, “The Death of Ivan Ilych” and Anna Karenina, Part 8, chs 8-14, 19
Anton Chekhov, “Happiness”, “In Exile”, “Lights”, “The Student”
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels, Part IV, “A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms” and “A Letter from Captain Gulliver to his Cousin Sympson”.
Varlam Shalamov, “Carpenters”
Leo Tolstoy, “God Sees the Truth, But Waits to Tell” and “What Men Live By”
Anton Chekhov, “Misery” (Toska), “The Bishop”,   “Enemies”

Topics to be covered in the course: Wisdom and the Sage, Death, Life’s Meaning, Evil and Human Nature, The World of Others

Read more about the instructor: https://borderlinesopenschool.org/faculty/gary-saul-morson
Read more about the course: https://borderlinesopenschool.org/courses/p/phil-story

See you on May 21.

Contact Info: 

Ekaterina Yanduganova, Borderlines Open School