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Critical Digital Philosophy

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Spring 2016
Rhetoric 198
2 Unit(s)



About the Course:

Critical Digital Philosophy
Rhetoric 198      Spring 2016
Facilitators: Colas Zibaut


This course is an introduction to Digital Philosophy and Critical Theories of the Digital. One key discussion theme will include the definition ofdigital, which we will explore through the lens of Philosophy.     The class will begin with a broad overview of the impact of the digital in the History of Ideas, including its effect on Culture, History and Identity, and Aesthetics.Focus will then shift to an in-depth analysis of the Ontology of digital, exploring key concepts like Materiality, Virtuality, the essence of Data, digital Dasein. These will be explored through discussion of external literature, philosophical theories, and  different kinds of media relevant for the course. At the end of the course, we will examine the implications of our discussions on Critical Theories before concluding with the presentation of final creative projects. Through this, students will gain a greater ability to think critically about their (digital) world and how the rhetoric of digital is shaping it. 


Class is held in the Berkeley Center for New Media Commons (340 Moffitt) every Wednesday from 3.30 to 5.30 pm, starting January 26th and ending on April 16th. There are 11 days of class, 10 weekly HW assignments, and a collective creative final project to present. You may miss 2 homework assignments and 2 days of class.  A significant portion of the class will be given online. Students are required to secure a reliable access to the Internet and should be able to bring a digital device in class. Prior knowledge or familiarity with Critical Theories or Philosophy is not required. Everyone is welcome!


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How to Enroll:

We will admit 20 students to the Decal.  Complete this application by 11:59pm January 29th:

Feel free to email Colas at if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Good luck with your applications!

Course Contact: colas.zibaut AT


Faculty Sponsor: David Bates

Time & Location:

Section 1Colas Zibaut
10340 MoffittTu 3:30p-5:30p1/26started

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