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Comparative Philosophy I: Classical Readings

Vak 2018-2019

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is restricted to students enrolled in the BA programme 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.


See: BA Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives

  • Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives - BA1

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures (2 hours per week)
  • Tutorials (2 hours per week)

Class attendance is required for both lectures and tutorials.

Course Load

Total course load 5 EC x 28 hours = 140 hours

  • Attending lectures (13 weeks x 2 hrs): 26 hours
  • Attending tutorials (13 weeks x 2 hrs): 26 hours
  • Preparation of classes and study of the compulsory literature: 64 hours
  • Completing take home exams: 24 hours

Assessment method

  • Mid-term take home exam with one or more essay questions (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.

Exam review

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.


Blackboard will be used for:

To be announced.

Reading list

To be announced


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