Admission to one of the following programmes is required:
MA Philosophy 60 EC: specialisation Modern European Philosophy
MA Philosophy 120 EC: specialisation Philosophy of Humanities
In this course we will focus on the emergence of German Idealism in the immediate reaction to Kant’s transcendental philosophy. We will concentrate on Kant and three of the most notable figures to use his philosophy as a basis for their own systematic development: Fichte, Schelling and Hegel. These philosophers advocated a rethinking of the human being as the point of departure for a new orientation of philosophy: as the foundation of all other scientific undertakings. German Idealism is remarkable in that here is developed a systematic treatment of logic, metaphysics, epistemology, moral and political philosophy and aesthetics. During this module, we will read the classical texts of this period in order to understand, discuss and critically analyse themes such as the notion of the absolute, the relationship between the subject and an objective world, human freedom, the role of history and art.
This course aims to investigate the ideas as developed by German Idealism by drawing upon the texts of its key thinkers. Students will be expected to be able to compare, contrast and critically discuss the main arguments both written and orally.
Students who successfully complete the course will have a good understanding of:
the key ideas as developed by German Idealists and what these ideas are a response to;
German Idealism in the place of the history of philosophy.
Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:
give a critical discussion of the ideas as developed by German Idealists;
formulate a reasoned argumentation of their position in the topics covered in this course;
use close readings to critically interpret the assigned texts and to place these texts in a broader philosophical context, going beyond the assigned readings where necessary;
present their ideas both orally and in writing.
Mode of instruction
Class attendance is required.
Final research paper (85%)
The final mark for the course is established by determination of the weighted average of the two subtests (see above). A subtest can be graded as unsatisfactory.
Class preparation and attendance are required and are conditions for submission of the paper.
The resit will consists of one examination, a research paper. The mark will replace all previously earned marks for subtests.
Class preparation and attendance are required and are conditions for submission of the paper for 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.
An additional reader will be made available through Readeronline.
There is no requirement to study literature before 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.
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