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Free MOOCs? Forget about it.

I just wanted to register for part two of Modern and Post Modern. It is still free but there are changes. If I want a certificate I have to pay. Such a little thing a certificate. I could probably knock one up myself. I know I should appreciate education for education’s sake. I know I should………

 

Coursera’s free Statements of Accomplisments die a quiet death.

Source: Free MOOCs? Forget about it.

A status update

To all who use my course notes.


This is one of the charities that I support. The group has raised 50% of their target. They have a lovely book that you can download for free. Will you help them along the way to providing safe water for the world’s inhabitants?

“No donation is too small, no thought insignificant.”

Of Words and Water

It’s been almost four months since Of Words and Water was published. Let’s take a look at one of the important numbers connected with this publication. No, not downloads, even though they are very interesting to follow. No, what I’m talking about are the donations for WaterAid – the reason why we put together this anthology in the first place. Well, one of the main reasons anyway (another being our love for words).
After almost four months we’ve actually managed to raise half of our target of £500 with a total of 22 donations.

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To all of you who have donated to the cause and downloaded the anthology we would like to say a huge thank you! Thank you for backing us up, for reading our words, and helping to improve access to clean water in some of the world’s poorest communities by donating to our cause – all the…

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Modern and Post Modern – Cosmopolitan

This is my last essay for the course Modern and Post Modern. I was concerned about this one as I didn’t have a lot of time to concentrate on and write it and had to do it in my work breaks.

Anyway here it is, comments and grades at the bottom.


Kwame Anthony Appiah during a visit to Knox Co...

Kwame Anthony Appiah(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Modern and Post Modern – Contemporary thinkers

Postmodern Pragmatisms


Recommended Reading

Rorty, “Postmodern Bourgeois Liberalism” and Cornel West, “Prophetic Pragmatism” from Pragmatism: A Reader.
Anthony Appiah, “Cosmopolitan Contamination” from Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (2006), 101-113.
Bruno Latour, Why Has Critique Run out of Steam? From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern,” Critical Inquiry, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Winter, 2004), pp. 225-248. (more…)

Butler and Foucault on creativity and self-invention

Butler’s idea of improvisation compared to Foucault’s notions of creativity and self-invention.

English: Judith Butler at a lecture at the Uni...

English: Judith Butler at a lecture at the University of Hamburg, April 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Postmodern Identities–Butler and Zizek

This week we looked at the work of two contemporary   thinkers, Judith Butler and Slavoj Zizek. We can see how they relate to questions of anti-foundationalism and   the status of philosophy and psychoanalysis today. As usual these are my notes from the course. They are not my own work but that of Professor Roth.

Judith Butler II

Slavoj Žižek, Slovenian philosopher, Lacanian ...

Slavoj Žižek, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Recommended Reading for this module

  • Judith Butler, “Introduction” from Undoing Gender (2004)
  • Slavoj Žižek, “You May!” London Review of Books, vol. 21 (March 1999

This week we looked at the work of two contemporary   thinkers, Judith Butler and Slavoj Zizek. We can see how they relate to questions of anti-foundationalism and   the status of philosophy and psychoanalysis today. (more…)

Modern and Post Modern – Google Hangout.

I had the honour to participate in a google hangout with Professor Roth and three other excellent students from my course on the modern and post modern. The videos were posted to the course board and I have copied them to here. (more…)