- Students in the BA programme Philosophy: first year BA has been successfully completed.
- Prerequisites for students from other departments (including contractstudenten): first year BA has been successfully completed as well as the following courses in philosophy: Ethics, History of Modern Philosophy.
This course has a limited number of places available for students from other departments.
This course will seek to examine the development and transformation of Critical Theory from Horkheimer and Adorno to Habermas, Fraser and Butler. The core question of this course concerns the very idea of a critical theory of society. What are the essential and distinguishing aspects of this mode of theorizing? And what, if any, is its significance at present? We will investigate the aims of critical social theory and the methods appropriate to it and the key concepts that are employed (such as alienation, reification and emancipation) will be discussed and interrogated. An essential element to our investigation will be to consider and contrast the different approaches adopted by the early Frankfurter Schule and subsequent Critical Theorists.
Students who successfully complete the course will have a good understanding of:
- the key texts in Critical Therory and the relations between them.
Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:
- give a critical discussion of the ideas as developed by Critical Theorists over time;
- formulate a reasoned argumentation of their position in the topics covered in this course;
- present their ideas both orally and in writing.
Mode of instruction
- Lectures and seminars
Class attendance is required.
Total course load (10 ECTS credits): 280 hours.
- Attending lectures and seminars: 42 hours.
- Time for studying the compulsory literature: 80 hours.
- Time for preparation of presentation: 22 hours.
- Time to write a paper (including reading / research): 136 hours.
- Presentation (20% if the final grade)
- Final research paper (80% of the final grade)
One resit will be offered, consisting of the final paper. Any student who did not take the first examination cannot take the resit.
Blackboard will be used for announcements and course information.
- M. Horkheimer and T.W. Adorno, Dialektik der Aufklärung (or a translation: Dialectics of Enlightenment).
In addition, texts will be posted on Blackboard.
There is no requirement to study literature before the start of the course.
Exchange students and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
Registration Studeren à la carte: not applicable