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Thought and its Object


Admission requirements

Bachelor in Philosophy or equivalent.


Generally, phenomenology and analytic philosophy are opposed to each other. Both traditions have dealt with the question what thought is, have made the distinction between content and object of thought, and have introduced the idea of a language of thought ( a characteristica universalis, as Leibniz called it), with a structure different from the structure of language. What precisely are the differences and agreements between the two traditions? During the course we will focus on early phenomenology: Franz Brentano and his students, such as Husserl and Meinong.

Course objectives

Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.


See Collegeroosters Wijsbegeerte 2013-2014 , MA Philosophy 60 EC en 120 EC.
See Timetables Philosophy 2013-2014 , Timetables MA Philosophy 60 EC/120 EC.

Mode of instruction


Course load

Attending seminars: 2 × 3 = 36 hrs
Preparation seminars: 12 × 10 = 120 hrs
Paper: 120 hour hrs
Total course load: 280 hrs

Assessment method

  • Paper


Blackboard will be used for posting instructions, texts, and information.

Reading list

The reading list will be made available at the beginning of the course.


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Contact information

Dr. M.S. van der Schaar