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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.


This course introduces students to the philosophical study of the self. Topics to be discussed may include personal identity, metaphysics of persons, self-knoweldge and the structure of awareness.
There will usually be a cross-cultural component to this course, which may include work from Chinese and/or Indian traditions.

Course objectives

This course aims to introduce students to philosophical theorizing about the self.

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

  • many of the major positions from historical and contemporary philosophical theorizing about the self;

  • the advantages and disadvantages of these positions.

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • present this knowledge in written form;

  • formulate critical responses to these philosophical ideas and positions.


The timetables are available through MyTimetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures.

Assessment method


  • Assignments;

  • Written exam.


  • Short written assignments and class participation (30%);

  • Written exam with essay questions (70%).


A three-hour resit will be offered which will replace the grade of the final exam. All other grading components of the course will remain in place.

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.

Reading list

To be announced.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website.

Registration Contract Teaching

Information for those interested in taking this course in context of Contract teaching (with taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Huizinga.


Not applicable.