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Princeton University

HOPE: Human Odyssey to Political Existentialism

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Overview

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.

Taught by

Uriel Abulof

Reviews

4.9 rating, based on 269 Class Central reviews

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  • Very intriguing and entertaining course weaving the viewer through the realms of philosophy, politics, art, literature, cinema, and music. Enjoyed the ideas and questions presented and the ways that they were. The primary purpose of this *odyssey* is to get you to think - to introspect and reflect upon your life and our world. And in that regard, it succeeds entirely.
  • Everaldo De Oliveira completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This is a course with an innovative approach and a deep reflection. With a brilliant organization and exposition of topics, we are immersed in relevant issues of our time, analyzing concepts underlying our human existence. This course is a journey guided...
  • So much material to read and consider. I feel like I have a better understanding of humanity and life after considering the works of some of the greatest thinkers of all time!

    The final chapter, Hope, was particularly relevant to me as we studied the picture of Hope and heard the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. it is true that life and people bring disappointment which can be very hard to live with, and that hope and fear are two sides of the same coin. Yet it is hope that keeps us alive, working towards doing good.
  • Donny Astor

    Donny Astor completed this course.

    I finished the course HOPE, offered by Princeton (Edx). I completed 30 other MOOC before taking this one. This was the Captsone of the previous 30 MOOC. The title of the course itself draws you in like a magnet. It has 2 Names ! 1.) HOPE. 2.) Human...
  • Sorcha Crowley

    Sorcha Crowley is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This course is one of the richest and most thought-provoking courses I've taken. It combines philosophy, arts and politics to challenge our notions on a variety of topics ranging from identity, love, hope to alienation, death, god and many more. The underlying...
  • Maria Ortiz completed this course.

    This course HOPE: Human Odyssey To Political Existentialism has ignited my interest in philosophy and political science. It has lead a path to self-discovery as well. Existentialism is finding meaning and purpose in this imperfect world. It is a philosophical...
  • Denis OSullivan

    Denis OSullivan is taking this course right now.

    Absolutely outstanding! I have taken many many courses, both online and in class, this is one of the best, most provocative, most interesting, most insightful. Uriel is a fantastic lecturer and teacher, but more than that, he has clearly spend a huge...
  • Anonymous
    I beleive this course promotes a healthy exploration of alternative thoughts and conclusions as to the every day fundamental questions that run our lives. People often get lost in society, learning, life and its routine, taking things for granted and sometimes take such things for granted without stopping to think. The course, however daunting, getting one to ask questions that seemingly have no answer, can provide a new method to think if the viewer disagrees with the conclusions or may garner new followers but one thing is for sure, coming in with an open mind wont leave you upset.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    first ı started this course ı dont except too much thing. ı am at the carantine and ı was trying to find something to improve my english and adds me anything about being a human cause ı think especially in that time of the world we have to recall what...
  • Anonymous
    More things at the school gate are from the perspective of a teacher and a life mentor. The explanation of every detail calls for us, interactive and humorous. Learning is more a reflection and teaching of life philosophy. Professor, whether it's from history, people's discussion, movies or the details of our life, as an example, it tells a very perfect and complete story consciousness, A course of great educational significance.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    No doubt it won the number one course. This course is amazing. It gave me lots of "wow" moments. The combination between music, art, poetry, science and philosophy was enriching , powerful and pleasurable. some anecdotes... - when Tori Amos came with...
  • Anonymous
    This course was thought provoking in a much deeper way than I had originally imagined. It made me examine some of my choices and reasons behind those choices. The references were excellent, and were from across a broad spectrum. The song choices were not so much to my liking, I would have preferred to read a philosophical essay, but I understand the need to appeal to a broad base. Thanks for getting my mind into action!
  • Exhilarating to say the least, this course will put you in the driver seat of your own destiny in search of the years of your studies and contemplations in asking that existential question: who am I, what am I, and why am I hear to say the few, but there are many more meanings to ask and answer, in the Hope, that everyone who talks the course will discover a meaning about there self, knowing and not having to make the statement: IS THAT ALL THERE IS TO MY EXISTENCE? and with that Good Luck. Virgil. ICT_TA-53.
  • Anonymous
    The course in my eyes was amazing, it opened my mind in a way that I had never done before and made me question the world.
    I really liked the course was comprehensive and professionally invested.
    I think that everyone should take this course both in order to get out of the degree area you have chosen and in order to be a better person and citizen.

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    David Venegas
    I sincerely believe this course deserves a 5 star rating. The amount of knowledge you can gather from it is impressive, not only from historical events or philosophy but from yourself as well. The connections made between words said by influential people throughout the ages is smoothly put together and easy to understand. All the lectures and readings where enjoyable for those eager to seek some new knowledge, even if you already know about some of the topics discussed. I truly recommend this course.
  • Anonymous
    I very much enjoyed the course. It was thoroughly documented and well divided in chapters. During the course I realized that I began to see an idea, an event, an action from more points of view than I did before. So thank you for this and I can hardly wait to see more courses from you.
    Best of luck!
  • Anonymous
    This course is a masterclass at... Hope. Surprising, I suppose. But in all fairness, most of us don't think about it too often - and here, we get some amazing insight into philosophy, despair, freedom, religion and love. Personally, this resonated with me profoundly - and suited my reading preferences well. Very much recommended.
  • Anonymous
    קורס מעניין שגורם לך לחשוב ולתהות בנוגע לדברים מרכזיים בחיים האישיים והחברתיים שלנו. הקורס הכי אמוציונלי בתואר
  • Anonymous
    İ have heard a lot of new information. Course was very interesting and the lecturer very good.
    some information changed my mind in my life.
  • Anonymous
    The course evokes deep thinking about who I am and who we are. I enjoyed the questions along the way. I highly recommend it.

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