Course ObjectiveAfter completing the course, students will have gained an introductory
but nonetheless essential knowledge of the main ideas at play in the
history of philosophy and, in particular, a general understanding of the
potent relationship between metaphysical and political philosophy. In
particular, students will have gained a knowledge of:
• Key figures and theories in the history of western philosophy
• The historical context in which theories and approaches were developed
• The relationship between metaphysics and political philosophy
Course ContentThe course will offer an overview of the history of philosophy. The
focus will be on some key philosophers from the ancient and medieval
tradition, to early-modern and modern philosophy. A particular emphasis
will concern the relationship between metaphysics and politics, on the
one hand, and metaphysics and epistemology, on the other.
The links to the required and recommended texts will be provided during
the course (see Canvas). Required texts are mandatory. Seminar
activities (mandatory) will be based on these texts. Additional
readings provide background and additional information for students who
are interested in pursuing a topic in more detail.
Teaching MethodsLectures and seminars (active learning groups). Please note that
participation in the seminars is mandatory.
Method of AssessmentTwo written tests (Midterm; Final exam)
Seminar assignments (pass/fail)
Exam: The final grade will be based on your performance in the two
50% Mid-term exam; 50% Final exam
LiteratureKenny, A. (1998), A Brief History of Western Philosophy, Blackwell
Selection of primary texts
Target AudienceFirst year PPE students
Custom Course RegistrationThere is a slightly different enrollment procedure for this module. The standard procedure of the Faculty of Humanities has students sign up for (i) the module, (ii) the form of tuition (lecture and/or preferred seminar group), and (iii) the exam. However, for this module the instructor will assign the students to the seminar groups. Therefore, students should sign up for (i) the module, (ii) lecture and (iii) the exam, but not for the seminar groups.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. M. Martijn|
|Examiner||prof. dr. M. Martijn|
prof. dr. M. Martijn
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Lecture, Seminar*|
*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.
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