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In this course, we look for answers to seemingly unsolvable queries: Why breathe? Why breed? Why bleed? What justifies continuing, creating, and killing lives? Seeking answers to these thorny questions, Princeton University and Tel Aviv University have joined hands to create a unique online course that delves into the depths of the human condition and its politics.



Human Odyssey to Political Existentialism (HOPE) is a journey into the human condition and its politics, turning to existentialism for guidance. The course explores, on both individual and political levels, the following themes: Human / nature, identity & authenticity, freedom, reflection, happiness, death & dread, meaning, morality & ethics, truth & trust, God & religion, alienation & love, and finally—hope.”

Most philosophers ask “what is the good life?” and answer "to feel good, or to be good, or to do good." Existentialism asks “what is life good for?” and traces the answers that people, in their lived experience, give—to foster our own.

HOPE is a richly interdisciplinary course anchored in political science and philosophy. It also draws on history, sociology, psychology, and economy—synthesizing theoretical insights with empirical findings, both vintage and novel. HOPE shows that science and art can create a wonderful synergy when studying—indeed foregrounding—our humanity.

HOPE employs novel technologies in ways that enhance—not drain—our humanity and our ability to turn from “power politics” to “purpose politics,” cultivating creative, courageous, civil choices—the gist of existential politics.

In HOPE, you will find:
  • Animated talks, interviews and student discussions
  • Exploration of key concepts and figures—thinkers, artists, and politicians—both ancient and modern
  • A host of fascinating questions to probe alone, and together, with friends and in class
  • Myriad multimedia features, including various forms of art (painting, prose and poetry, cinema, tv, and music)
  • An invitation to choose between several edifying projects, including a personal journal and a collective newspaper

HOPE has been created in collaboration with Tel Aviv University.

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Length 10 weeks
Effort 3 - 5 hours per week
Starts Feb 14 (177 weeks ago)
Cost $0
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Instructor Uriel Abulof
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Humanities
Tags Social Sciences Humanities Philosophy & Ethics

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made me think

It certainly made me think more about philosophical issues than any other course and in a more personal and immediate way.

The lectures were stunning, made me think about stuff for days, but that was a bit too much.

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think about

I watched religiously the Professor's lectures (he looks too young to be professor, too old to still think about these questions!

it puts together so many pieces that really make you think about yourself and about this thing we call humanity.

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A wonderful and thought provoking course!

The course was thought provoking and very interesting and informative.

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I also loved how art (pictures, music and movie clips) are used to pin the topics to memory (it worked for me).

I liked all the movie clips and song clips that were well fit in the lectures and Uriel is an outstanding lecturer(!!)

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really enjoyed

This is my first online course, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I really enjoyed it.

I really enjoyed this course.

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I often discussed topics from the course with my friends :) This is a bit unfair, since I imagine Princeton has huge resources to develop such a course, but it's very impressive from start to finish - so much information and ideas (and so many questions!)

It explores and gives one so much to think about themselves and the world without being preachy Excellent use of music, art, and literature reveals thoughts through the ages.

Thank you so much As a Philosophy student, the curse was very interesting, helpful and fun!

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very engaging

The lectures are very engaging, I liked the music, and there’s a lot going on in the gallery.

I found the course very engaging and the topics well explained.

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It is an interesting course, and I think the topics it contains are very important, because they are not only simply increase knowledge, but also are very important for a good development of a dignified, happy and dreamy life.

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Rating 4.8 based on 58 ratings
Length 10 weeks
Effort 3 - 5 hours per week
Starts Feb 14 (177 weeks ago)
Cost $0
From PrincetonX via edX
Instructor Uriel Abulof
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Humanities
Tags Social Sciences Humanities Philosophy & Ethics

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