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Comparative Philosophy I: Classical Readings


Admission requirements

Admission to this course is restricted to:

  • BA students in Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives.


This is a course in close reading of one or more philosophical texts from a non-Western tradition. This text (or these texts) may also be read together with texts from other philosophical traditions.

Course objectives

Students who successfully complete the course will have a good understanding of:

  • the insights of the selected text or texts.

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • engage with philosophical reasoning and arguments presented by the author(s) of the text(s);

  • understand and reconstruct philosophical positions and arguments from philosophical texts.

  • express, critique and defend these positions and arguments, both orally and in writing;

  • develop skills in textual analysis through close, guided readings;

  • improve their ability to interact with philosophical ideas, both in active participation during class, and in written work in the form of take home exams.


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Mode of instruction

  • Seminars

Class attendance is required.

Assessment method


  • Mid-term in-class sit-down examination (40%)

  • Final take home exam with one or more essay questions (50%)

  • Participation (10%)


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average of the subtests.


The resit consists of one take home examination with one or more essay questions, covering the entire course content. No separate resits will be offered for mid-term or final tests. The mark for the resit will replace all previously earned marks for subtests.

Class attendance is a mandatory requirement for taking the resit.
Students who have obtained a satisfactory grade for the first examination(s) cannot take the resit.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

The reading list will be posted on Brightspace prior to the start of the course.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

Students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetables for courses and exams.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Prof. dr. D.L. Berger Dr. J. Li


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