Foundations of Modern Social Theory Course: Professor Iván Szelényi

Another OPEN YALE course (of 25×50 min lectures), this one in sociology, provides an overview of major works of social thought from the beginning of the modern era through the 1920s. Attention is paid to social and intellectual contexts, conceptual frameworks and methods, and contributions to contemporary social analysis. Writers include Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Adam Smith, Marx, Weber, and Durkheim.  The course was taught by Professor Iván Szelényi on campus, twice per week for 50 minutes, in Fall 2009.  The lectures are here enjoy!

Simon Critchley: Humor Noir (2009)

Simon Critchley, well known English Philosopher currently working in The New School, gives and interesting and enjoyable lecture from the Walker Art Centre on the nature of humour (2009).  The talk (98mins)  ranges from the definition and possibilities of the comic, to humor’s ethical limits, and to the functions of humour in culture, between societies and in visual art.  It is based on his 2002 book, On Humour.