Philosophy Workshop: ‘Theory 2000’
February 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
How do you deconstruct? Is post-structuralism meaningless jargon? What comes after all these ‘post-isms’?
In this workshop, we demystify late 20th and early 21st century critical theory, and see why mystification is sometimes on purpose, sampling from: post-structuralism, post-colonialism, post-humanism, post-digital, post-truth, identity politics, ecotheory, digital humanities, actor network theory and more.
As the University of Newcastle no longer offers courses in Philosophy, we’ve partnered with Dr Bill Pascoe to run a series of workshops and online webinars on key philosophical concepts, so you can still access this vital academic discipline.
The word ‘philosophy’ comes from ancient Greek and means ‘love of wisdom.’ With philosophy, we can better understand how we came to be where we are today, both personally and as a society, and with that understanding, to perceive what we should do about it and how. Understanding philosophical topics like logic, ethics and deconstruction can help you understand and solve complex problems in life and at work.
Philosophy doesn’t qualify you for a job, it qualifies you for any job. It teaches you strategies to deal with reality and be more than just useful. Philosophy is the highest level of attainment in any subject area, taking us deep into the theoretical foundations of a subject. It helps you advance your field instead of just work within it, to change your life and get and maintain your own liberty, and to influence society and politics.
It can also help you spot bullshit and make a convincing argument at work, in politics, or at the pub or cafe.
Throughout this series, we will deal with subjects like how to reason and argue, power and freedom, morality and ethics, truth and knowledge, money and culture, post-humans and information, justice, and reality itself.
Don’t worry if Previous course content available here: http://hri.newcastle.edu.au/phil/
Dr Bill Pascoe is a former student and life long reader of philosophy and literature, and a software developer, now specialising in Digital Humanities.
The Callaghan workshop and online webinar for each topic are identical. To access the content and participate in the discussion, you are welcome to attend either!
To access the online webinar, go to the Online Workshops page of our website and click ‘Enter the Online Clubhouse’. Try to log on five minutes early, so we can start on time.