Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, Separation Perfected)
Chapter 1, Separation Perfected
The Society of the Spectacle is a philosophical text presented in nine chapters and 221 short theses. This lesson looks at the philosophical theme of the text.
1. Class Discussion: What is philosophy? What do students think of when it comes to philosophical writers? What do economics and philosophy have in common? Why might they be at odds with each other?
2. Writing Journal: What do you think The Society of the Spectacle will be about? What do you expect to learn from this book? Answer fully in paragraphs.
3. Small Groups: Define society. What are the elements of a society? What is required for a society to thrive? What is required of individuals living in that society? How does Debord define a society? How is it different from the group's definition? What is his overall philosophy about societies?
4. Homework: Develop a philosophy that you believe...
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