Philosophy and the Media: Inside the New York Times
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Course Number: LPHI 3016
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Students in this seminar will be working primarily with material from “The Stone”, an online series of writing by contemporary philosophers and thinkers hosted by The New York Times, which has published hundreds of articles since 2010 and has a huge national and international audience. Many articles also appear in The Sunday Review section of The New York Times. Under the guidance of Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor at the New School and series moderator of “The Stone”, and Peter Catapano, Staff Editor in the Op-Ed Section at the The New York Times and editor of “The Stone”, students will work with the archive of “The Stone” with a view to studying the relation between philosophy and the public realm and working towards a book of articles drawn from the series, for which they will get an editing credit. The course will begin with a careful overview of “The Stone Reader”, published by Norton in December 2015 and at various spin-off publications from the series, such as Gary Gutting’s “What Philosophy Can Do”. This will lay the groundwork for reviewing material from “The Stone” archive to create a possible second volume. In addition, there will be class visits from other editors at the New York Times, who will talk about their experience of journalism and the realities of working for a major newspaper. They will be able to provide practical guidance for students who wish to pursue a career in journalism and publishing.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Open to Undergraduate students.