Monday, November 07, 2005

Hegel at the Bagel

It is probably a sign of encroaching insanity that this weekend, the only "break" I took from writing essays and marking tests was to go to, um, a lecture on Hegel. But The Bagel -- site of a fine John Barlow reading last summer, best known for indie rock and cheap beer -- is hosting a series of Hegel lectures, and I was curious.

It turns out this series is part of an ongoing project called Open Street University, organized by University of Toronto semiotics prof Paul Bouissac. Similar mini-courses have already been offered on Plato and Vico. The lecturer for this series is U of T's John Noyes, and he's very good. About 20 people turned out to hear his introductory talk on Hegel's quest to guide humanity towards truth and self-fulfillment.

Here's the schedule for the remaining talks, if you're interested. It's all free and no registration is required.

Monday, Nov 14 5:30 - 7:30
Hegel's dialectic

Monday, Nov 21 5:30 - 7:30
Reading the Phenomenology of Mind

Monday, Nov 28 5:30 - 7:30
The master/slave dialectic


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