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Concepts of Selfhood


Admission requirements

Admission to this course is restricted to:

  • second-year students enrolled in the BA programme Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives;

  • pre-master’s students for whom this course has been specified on their admission statement.


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.


See: BA Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives

  • 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;

  • Preparing take-home midtem and final exams. 23 hours;

  • Preparation of classes and study of the compulsory literature: 78 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, consisting of a take home essay exam (paper). The mark for the resit replaces all previously earned marks for subtests.
Students who have obtained a satisfactory grade for the first examination cannot take the resit.

Exam review

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


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Posting of class materials, such as syllabus, study sheets etc.

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.


Dr. S.E. (Stephen) Harris