Winter Courses | January 7-March 17, 2019
CUL 323 Stories That Tell Us Who We Are: Myth and Meaning for Today
This course will look at myths from around the world, and from ancient Greece or Japan up to modern tales like The Lord of the Rings or Star Wars. We will reflect on how vibrant myth can empower one’s life and also examine dangers in mythic thinking. Join us as we explore some of the most engaging and dynamic narratives ever known to humankind. (3 credits)
- Ellwood, Robert. Key Concepts in Religion: Myth. Continuum, 2009. Available free as a PDF for download from the course page.
- Leeming, David Adams. The World of Myth: An Anthology. Oxford University Press, 1990. (isbn: 0195074750)
- Leonard, Scott, and Michael McClure. Myth and Knowing: An Introduction to World Mythology. McGraw-Hill, 2004 (isbn: 076741957X)
PHI 302 Foundations of Greek Philosophy
This course is a survey of classical philosophy and the evolution of the concepts of consciousness therein. An investigation of the Pre-Socratic thinkers provides us with a glimpse into what Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus and Proclus developed into a system of thought of lasting beauty and profundity. This is an introduction to Greek Philosophy, dealing with the rise of the original sense of philosophy as “love of wisdom.” (3 credits)
- Paperback: 255 pages
- Publisher: The Golden Sufi Center; First Edition Thus edition (December 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 189035001X
- ISBN-13: 978-1890350017
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
Phaedo, by Plato | This text is available as a free internet resource: http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/phaedo.html
The Allegory of the Cave, by Plato | This text is available as a free internet resource: https://web.stanford.edu/class/ihum40/cave.pdf
I am a graduate student in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California Irvine (UCI). As a graduate student at UCI, I work in the fields of virtue epistemology and the philosophy of education. I question how virtue and vice affect our ability to see the world (and each other) in a fair epistemic light, and whether the aim of education ought to develop virtuous citizens. Prior to doctoral studies, I attended California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), where I completed two masters degrees in education (2015) and philosophy (2016). I was awarded the Charter College of Education Endowed Fellowship for high honors in 2015 and 2016. After graduating CSULA, I taught courses in writing, introduction to philosophy, and critical thinking at CSU LA, CSU Dominguez Hills, and The Robert F. Kennedy High School in Koreatown. Philosophy challenges our preconceived ideas, separating possibility from necessity, and in turn develops a nuanced understanding of reality. My first encounter with UPR was the companionship of the library--I visited many Fridays to study books in its collection. I am now quite excited to teach books from its shelves. I enjoy working with the creative and insightful students at UPR. I am truly honored to be part of this intelligent, curious, and welcoming community.
PHI 325 Philosophy of Music
For millennia music has been attributed with the capability of expressing emotions and of sharing insight into the human condition. It was believed that, as a universal phenomenon, the human mind could interpret music and comprehend the harmony inherent in the whole universe. In the Middle Ages, music held an indispensable role not just found in monastery singing but in philosophy and theology as well. Can music, as Plato suggested, give us a glimpse into the cosmos and the world of the ideals? What value can music possess that can benefit humanity? These topics have been tackled by some of the greatest minds including Pythagoras, Aristotle, Boethius and Schopenhauer. The student will confront these and other fascinating subjects by being introduced to different music philosophies such as Formalism, Expressionism and Symbolism, and will benefit from the exposure to diverse music pieces and thus complement the musical perception experience. Music will also be perceived from the point of view of religion, social philosophy, aesthetics and Postmodernism.
· The Philosophy of Music: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/music/
Professor Juan Hernandez
I enjoy teaching at the University of Philosophical Research because of the universal approach it has to learning and the plethora of inspirations it extracts from. I believe it is this type of scholarship that allows a more holistic human development.
At UPR, ideas and discussions are at the brink of becoming important theories and/or realities, and the students, along with the professors are in the middle of it all, in the middle of discovery, in the middle of impending knowledge.
Being able to teach Philosophy of Music at UPR, for instance, allows me to share with students my passion for music and aesthetics. More importantly, however, it allows them to explore the human experience through music and, with the introduction of existing schools of thought, influences them to create their own philosophy and worldview.
PHI 501 The Wisdom of Classical Philosophy
This course is a survey of classical philosophy and the evolution of the concepts of consciousness in classical philosophy. The Pre-Socratic thinkers provide us with a glimpse into what Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus and Proclus developed into a system of thought of lasting beauty and profundity. (3 credits)
- Jonathan Barnes (trans.). Early Greek Philosophy, Rev. Ed. Penguin Classics. (isbn 0140448152)
- Wheelright, Philip. The Presocratics. Prentice Hall. (isbn 002426640X)
- The Great Dialogues of Plato (W.D. Rouse, trans.). Signet Classics (isbn 0451527453)
- Rick Tarnas. The Passion of the Western Mind. Balantine Books (isbn 0345368096)
Professor Manuel Paris
Raïna Manuel-Paris, born in Paris, France, lived in England and then moved to the United States in her early twenties. Her love of transformational story telling has taken her from an MFA in Film from Columbia University to a Ph.D. in Mythological studies and Depth Psychology. She is a published writer of non-fiction, poetry and several scholarly articles, as well as a documentary filmmaker. Her understanding of what gives meaning to daily life has led her to her work with dreams, and to include meditation practice in her classrooms.
She also speaks on several subjects including “Love: Primal agent of change”, “War, Trauma and Spiritual Transformation”, and “The Major Arcanas of the Tarot as a Sacred Life Path”. "The Cradle and The Crown" is her passion. It is a unique process she has developed over time. With it she helps people recover their natural innate joy and claim a felt sense of inner authority. She has been learning the frame drum, the ancient drum of priestesses, and Natural Horsemanship with the great teacher and trainer Chris Sobenes.
"To come to a deeper understanding of the Self, and our connection to the Mystery, and Magic of this Life, one must embrace the relationship between ourselves and the world around us; one must have the awareness that we are part of the Natural World, not separate from it."
PSY 511 Alchemy and Psychotherapy
Alchemy was a natural science that represented an attempt to understand the material phenomena in nature. However, as C.G. Jung tells us, everything unknown and empty is filled with psychological projection; and what the alchemists saw, or thought they saw in matter, was chiefly the data of their own unconscious processes. Consequently, an understanding of alchemical processes and stages is a fertile source for understanding and facilitating the experimental modes of the psychological transformation that Jung called individualization, that lies at the heart and soul of depth psychotherapy. This course will consider alchemical symbolism and images as they concretize these experiences of transformation in psychotherapy, including an examination of the mystery of the conjunction as it unfolds in psychotherapy. (3 credits)
- Edinger, Edward. Anatomy of the Psyche: Alchemical Symbolism in Psychotherapy. Open Court, 1994 (ISBN 0812690095)
- Edinger, Edward. Mystery of the Coniunctio. Inner City Books, 1994. (ISBN 0919123678)
PHI 521 The Metropolis: Sociopolitical Conditions of Contemporary Life
This course seeks to introduce students to interdisciplinary inquiries into perceiving visual and social cultures of contemporary city life. As such, we use disciplines such as history, critical theory, and the social sciences to analyze the network effects of art, cultural work, and public opinion within the postmodern city space. Towards this endeavor, we will be encouraged to attend to the circumstances of the citizen, artists, cultural workers, consumers, and the postcolonial in intervening and articulating different symbolic-representational practices and the relationality with material-economic structures and circuits. Students will think and rethink the relationship the citizen has to liberation, production and value extraction—regarding both defining “what is a city” and also how the techne (craft) of the city is applied (and ultimately the “space” of art within the urban sphere). Throughout the course we will keep in mind that space is not always, or necessarily, a given, but is something that is also generated by use, by techne, craft, and hence perhaps space is the outcome of an artistic gesture as well.
Abbey Odunlami, Ph.D. is a transdisciplinary scholar, theoretician, and curator working and writing about experiential design, art, gastronomy, technology, and urbanism. His research and courses explore the conceptual framework of spaces and places and their relationship to; Modern Art & Modernity, Hierarchical structures of consumption practices, and Postcolonial Globality.
Odunlami is currently a lecturer and adjunct professor at both the School of Art Institute Chicago (Contemporary Practices & Photography Dept.), University of Illinois Chicago ( Art & Art History Dept.), and the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles. He lives and works splitting his time between Detroit/Los Angeles and Berlin/London.
(1) The Metropolis as techne: an analysis of the sociopolitical nature of contemporary city life.
(2) The Soviet Union’s influence on the construction of black identity in postcolonial Africa the Americas.
WRS 500 Graduate Writing and Research
In this required course, students will learn techniques of graduate writing and research, critical evaluation of scholarly sources, interdisciplinary approaches, and creating new knowledge. (3 credits)
- Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory, 3rd Edition by Allen F. Repko and Rick Szostak ISBN: 978-1506330488
I am privileged to be a part of the vibrant UPR faculty and am particularly pleased to be teaching the graduate writing and research course this coming Winter term. I have a Ph.D. from Emory University (2000) and have taught in the fields of Religious Studies, Gender and Cultural Studies, and Biblical Studies for the past 20 years. I have an extensive publication record and have given much thought to the contours of fruitful, innovative, and creative research methodology. I am interested in exploring both the epistemological foundations of how we know what we know and why it matters and the arrangement of data and its meaning-making properties. I am especially invested in the rearrangement of the coordinates of knowledge and knowledge production as a means to redistribute power and its relations so that we can begin to imagine new ways of being human in an oft inhumane world, a move that lies at the heart of the Humanistic tradition with which I identify. And in this I take my cue from Thomas Pynchon’s famous dictum: “If they can get you asking the wrong questions then they don’t have to worry about the answers.”
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