“The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.”
–Alfred North Whitehead

Video of my lecture: an introduction to German Idealism/Romanticism

Below is my lecture on German Idealism and Romanticism given yesterday (Sept. 30) for MA students enrolled in an Introduction to Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness course at CIIS.


3 responses to “Video of my lecture: an introduction to German Idealism/Romanticism”

  1. nicholastdahlheim Avatar

    This is a really beautiful introduction. What a way to wake up in the morning, and it makes a lifetime of reading and re-reading Hegel seem like the best way to devote one’s time.

  2. milliern Avatar

    Nice job, Matt. Going (for the most part) without notes, when giving a lecture, is the way to go, and should definitely be appreciated by those viewing. You probably caught the minor glitches in your talk. I am finding that it is so easy to misspeak when lecturing, especially when it is something more like the history of philosophy that I am lecturing on; I am so much more comfortable with lecturing on philosophical content than I am history.

    It was a very productive talk, and I shared it with some friends and mentees who found it useful. One thing I am finding useful in lecturing is hanging on to those lecture notes that i use to prep or actually read from, because they can be expanded and refined so much. It’s easy to see how so many older professors end up turning their lecture notes into books.

    Thanks for the content.

    1. Matthew David Segall Avatar

      Thanks, David. I think it is pedagogically important to speak extemporaneously when giving classroom lectures. I had a general sense of the overall trajectory of course, but exactly what I said about each thinker emerged based on how i felt the class responding (verbally or otherwise). Coming to class over prepared with dense notes seems to increase the chances of missing the mood of the class that day.

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