Cosmologies of Capitalism: A Free Online Course

This course by Alan Mac­far­lane was orig­i­nal­ly pre­sent­ed to sec­ond-year stu­dents in the Depart­ment of Social Anthro­pol­o­gy at Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty as a foun­da­tion course in the devel­op­ment of social the­o­ries. The course cov­ers all of the social sci­ences, arts and human­i­ties over the last five hun­dred years and the main par­a­digm shifts: cir­cu­lar­i­ty, progress, Enlight­en­ment.

The lec­ture titles are list­ed below. You can find the videos online here.

  1. The­o­ret­i­cal Sys­tems in the Social Sci­ences: Nature and Ori­gins
  2. The­o­ret­i­cal Sys­tems in Social Sci­ence: Anthro­po­log­i­cal Approach­es
  3. Three Major The­o­ret­i­cal Sys­tems: An Overview
  4. Three Major The­o­ret­i­cal Sys­tems: Struc­tural­ism and Cau­sa­tion
  5. From Cir­cu­lar to Lin­ear Time: The Renais­sance 1400–1700
  6. From Cir­cu­lar to Ser­i­al Time: Some Caus­es of the Change
  7. The Enlight­en­ment — 1: Nature and Caus­es
  8. The Enlight­en­ment — 2: France and the Rever­sal
  9. Evo­lu­tion: The Back­ground
  10. Evo­lu­tion: Some Fea­tures
  11. Evo­lu­tion­ism: Social Sci­ences
  12. Struc­tural­ism: A Por­trait
  13. Struc­tural­ism: Social Sci­ences
  14. New Evo­lu­tion­ism 1930–1980
  15. Reflec­tions on the Lec­tures: Decem­ber 2012

Cos­molo­gies of Cap­i­tal­ism will be added to our col­lec­tion, 1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties.

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