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Cursus: FRRMV16015
20th-Century German Philosophy
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Studiepunten (ECTS)5
Categorie / NiveauM (Master)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geesteswetenschappen; Utrecht Graduate School of Humanities; Domein Filosofie en Religiewetenschap RMA;
ContactpersoonM. Bonazzi
Contactpersoon van de cursus
M. Bonazzi
Overige cursussen docent
4  (25-04-2022 t/m 01-07-2022)
TimeslotA: A (MA-ochtend, DI-namiddag, WO-ochtend)
OpmerkingThis Elective seminar is open to MA students with some background in the history of modern German philosophy
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 01-11-2021 t/m 28-11-2021
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
This seminar provides an examination of the central philosophical texts and arguments of one or more key figures in 20th-Century German (and Austrian) philosophy. Students will gain insight into the wider context of the texts studies and an understanding of the arguments for and against the positions taken.  They will also develop their own interpretation and assessment of the texts examined.
This course is devoted to a careful reconstruction of how some of the key figures in 20th century German philosophy used the Greek tradition to rethink their philosophical practices. The starting point is obviously Nietzsche, who, with his critique of metaphysics and the fundamental tenets of Platonism and Christianity, marks a caesure in the philosophical tradition. His attempt to find intellectual inspiration in pre-Platonic figures such as Heraclitus and Aeschylus, can be seen as a precedent to Heidegger’s critique of metaphysics and his reinterpretation of the works of Presocratics such as Heraclitus, Parmenides and Anaximander, in order to overcome what he saw as the limitations of the tradition of metaphysics as it developed from Plato and Aristotle onwards. Besides this reevaluation of pre-Platonic texts as an alternative kind of philosophy, we also find a revival of interest in Plato in the works of Karl Popper, Hannah Arendt, and Leo Strauss – the focus being, in this case, the tension between philosophy and politics. In spite of their differences, what all these thinkers have in common, is an intense engagement with the ancient Greek tradition in order to reshape the thinking of their own day. Why would 20th century thinkers feel the need for a reevaluation of the ancient Greek tradition in order to find new ways of thinking for their own time? What conception of philosophy and of the relation between history and the possibilities of philosophizing, or history and ontology, play in the background here? What makes pre-Platonic texts so particularly attractive for Nietzsche and Heidegger in this regard and what does this mean for their appreciation of Plato? How could Hannah Arendt find inspiration for dealing with the problems of ‘our’ time in a reinterpretation of Plato’s Socrates? These are some of the problems we will discuss.

This course is for RMA students in the Graduate School of Humanities and students in the History and Philosophy of Science. Students of other MA-programmes (such as Applied Ethics), please contact the Course Coordinator. 
The entrance requirements for Exchange Students will be checked by International Office and the Programme coördinator. Therefore, you do not have to contact the Programme coördinator yourself.

Je moet voldoen aan de volgende eisen
  • Ingeschreven voor één van de volgende opleidingen
    • History and Philosophy of Science
    • Philosophy
  • Alle onderstaande cursussen zijn behaald
    • Mastercursussen Geesteswetenschappen (200501100)
The course is open to MA students with a substantial background in philosophy or another area of theory in the humanities.
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Will be made available via Blackboard.
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The assignment or examination is assessed for demonstrating understanding of the texts, skills of critical argumentation, and written communication skills.

A written assignment, take-home examination, or in-class examination is due half-way through the term.

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The final paper is assessed for the quality of the research question, cogency of the argumentation, clarity of written expression, and demonstrated ability to relate the analysis to a clear understanding of the texts for the course.

Deadline paper: in week 9 of the term

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