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Concepts of Selfhood


Admission requirements

Admission to this course is restricted to:

  • BA students in Philosophy

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


The course introduces students to the philosophical study of the self. Throughout the course, students will examine themes such as personal identity, metaphysics of persons, self-knowledge, the structure of awareness, and self-cultivation, presented and preserved in Western and non-Western philosophical traditions.

Course objectives

This course aims to introduce students to philosophical theorizing about the self in a cross-cultural and multilingual context.

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

  • how the self has been theorized in different intellectual traditions;

  • how these philosophical articulations of the self are related to morality and modernity.

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • present this knowledge in written form;

  • critically analyze ideas and notions presented in primary and secondary resources;

  • develop skills in academic writing and cross-cultural communication.


The timetable is available on the following website:

BA Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives, BA2

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures

Class attendance is required.

Course load

Total course load (5 ec x 28 hrs): 140 hours:

  • Attending lectures (13 weeks x 3 hrs): 39 hours;

  • Preparation for classes (13 weeks x 3 hrs): 39 hours;

  • Preparation for take-home midterm exam and final essay exam : 62 hours.

Assessment method


  • Midterm take-home exam: 50%;

  • Final take-home essay exam (paper): 50%.


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


The resit consists of one examination for all parts at once: one take home essay (paper) that covers the whole course. The mark for the resit replaces all previously earned marks for subtests.
Students who have obtained a satisfactory grade for the course after the first examinations cannot take the resit.

Inspection and feedback

Exam review upon request of the student organized within 30 days after publication of the exam results.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Instruction and communication;

  • Posting links for readings;

  • Uploading additional materials, e.g. PowerPoints slides.

Reading list

The reading list will be posted on Blackboard 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.


Dr. J. Li


Not applicable.