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Cursus: FRRMV17006
Topics in German Idealism
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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;
Contactpersoonprof. dr. P.G. Ziche
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prof. dr. P.G. Ziche
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2  (15-11-2021 t/m 28-01-2022)
TimeslotA: A (MA-ochtend, DI-namiddag, WO-ochtend)
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 31-05-2021 09:00 t/m 27-06-2021 23:59
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
Na-inschrijving geopendvanaf 25-10-2021 09:00 t/m 26-10-2021 23:59
The aim of this Topics Seminar is for the participating student  (1) to become familiar with positions taken in the current debates over the specific topic area of the course; (2) to appreciate the arguments for and against the positions; and (3) to develop an independent judgment about the most promising approach in this area.  Specifically the course aims to provide:
- General overview over key thinkers and themes from the period of German Idealism
- Advanced understanding of the problem of freedom as developed and discussed by philosophers from this period
- Contextualization of the philosophical discussions of this period


This course is devoted to a key moment in the history of philosophy, the period of “German idealism” 

The topic for 21-22 is: Kant’s Critique of the Power of Judgment

This year’s topics course will be devoted to studying and discussing Kant’s third critique, the „Critique of the Power of Judgment“ from 1790. This text is a key document in the development of what became „German Idealism“ or „Classical German Philosophy“: It poses the question as to how the different parts of Kant’s philosophy can be integrated into a ‚system‘; it extends the scope of human faculties that Kant discusses; it adds an entire list of key topics into the discourse on Kant: Beauty, art, the sublime, organism, teleology, nature as ordered under a system of empirical laws; and it extends our understanding of the methods that are required in philosophy (in particular by emphasizing the „as-if“-character of judgements on beauty and on teleological structures).

Key topics to be discussed in this course include:

  • Important topics: Art, beauty, sublime, organism, teleology
  • Methodological innovations („As-if“-judgments)
  • Implications for our understanding of „German idealism“: The notion of „system“, concreteness and abstraction in fundamental judgments, a novel understanding of (organic) nature
  • Particular emphasis will be placed on the unity of the complex text: how do considerations on beauty, on organism, on the systematic character of empirical science, relate to each other? This question, in particular, will also be of relevance for students from HPS
  • Issues in the reception of the Critique of the Power of Judgment: Schelling and Hegel on the systematicity of science and philosophy; the emergence of the discipline of ‚biology‘; Kant’s influence on the aesthetics of romanticism; ...
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)
Verplicht materiaal

Seminars are 3 hours in length, even when they are scheduled in a 4-hour timeslot

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten
Students are expected to have read carefully the required reading in advance of the seminar meeting and to be prepared to participate actively in the discussion of the texts and related issues.

Bijdrage aan groepswerk
Active participation, including taking responsibility for the discussions in groups.

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The assignment or examination is assessed for demonstrating understanding of the texts, skills of critical argumentation, and written communication skills. 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.

A written assignment, take-home examination, or in-class examination is due half-way through the term, and a final paper is due in week 9.

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