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Intercultural Philosophical Hermeneutics



Admission requirements

Admission to this course is restricted to BA students in Philosophy.

  • BA students in Philosophy: Global and Comparative Philosophy, who have successfully completed their first year, and at least 10 EC’s of the mandatory components of the second year, including Language of Thought, and Concepts of Selfhood.

  • BA students in Filosofie, who have successfully completed their first year, and at least 10 EC's of the mandatory components of the second year, including Comparative Philosophy, and Philosophy of Mind.

  • Pre-master’s students in Philosophy who are in possession of an admission statement, and for whom this course is part of their programme.


This seminar will investigate how philosophers from at least two different cultural traditions have understood and employed resources from another culture’s heritage in their own thought. Three philosophers from the Western tradition will be critically read in order to grasp how they appropriated ideas from another philosophical tradition, and three philosophers from traditions outside the West will then likewise be read to see how they appropriate elements of Western thought. The course will encourage students to learn from these instances of cross-cultural encounter both about the problems and possibilities of cross-cultural engagement in thinking about their own approach to comparative philosophy.

Course objectives

This course aims to:

  • reveal for students how Western philosophers and philosophers from other traditions have understood and used ideas from other philosophical traditions;

  • challenge students, in learning about these instances of cross-cultural thought, to develop their own interpretive approaches to comparative philosophy.

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

  • the recent history of, during the past five hundred years, of intercultural philosophy involving the Western tradition and other philosophical heritages;

  • the challenges and possibilies of intercultural philosophy.

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • complete well-informed presentations and critical research papers on the recent history of intercultural philosophy;

  • think through some basic interpretive principles in their own approaches to intercultural philosophical engagement.


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Mode of instruction

  • Seminars

Class attendance is required.

Assessment method


  • Attendance and participation in class discussions

  • In-class student presentations

  • Final research paper


The final mark for the course is established by determination of the weighted average of several subtests:

Attendance and participation in class discussions: 10%
In-class student presentations: 25%
Final research paper: 65%


Th resits consists of the final research paper (65%). The remainder of the course grade will be determined by the other weighted components. The grades for participation and presentations remain in place.
Students who have obtained a satisfactory grade for the first examination cannot take the resit.

Inspection and feedback

Students will receive feedback on course presentations within one week of completing them.
Students will receive feedback on their research papers within 14 days, at the longest, of completing them.

Reading list

  • Course syllabus will be distributed via Brightspace.

  • Required reading materials will be announced in the syllabus and students will be expected to acquire access to reading materials either through University Library or their own purchase.


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.

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Prof. dr. D.L. Berger


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