Philosophy Today


Course Objective

Students become familiar with some ongoing developments in the History
of Philosophy, Practical Philosophy, and Theoretical Philosophy.
After this course, students will be able to locate these developments
against a broader historical background and relate them to developments
in other academic disciplines and/or subfields of philosophy. They will
also have refined their research and presentation skills.

Course Content

History of Philosophy. On the one hand, the themes and thinkers studied
by historiographers of philosophy tend to follow ongoing developments in
practical and theoretical philosophy, as well as in other academic
disciplines. On the other hand, trends in ongoing debates tend to emerge
from the rediscovery or revaluation of past thinkers. We will illustrate
these two directions using the history of philosophy of science.
Theoretical Philosophy. The relevance of disagreement has been a subject
of much debate in recent epistemology. In recent years, some
epistemologists have turned their attention to a form of disagreement
which seems particularly intractable: disagreement in which disputants
disagree about fundamental starting points such as principles about what
counts as good evidence or even worldviews. We will study a number of
recent papers that seek to explore this form of disagreement and that
proposes possible solutions to it.
This course is directly related to the department's research. Students
will become acquainted with the practice of philosophical research and
publishing in progress by reading a number of forthcoming papers or
chapters and interacting with their authors.

Teaching Methods

Seminar. Student participation: presentation of topics, close reading of
papers, and group discussions.

Method of Assessment

One presentation (20%) and two essays (80%). Essays that receive a
failing grade require a resit, but only for that essay.


Recent and forthcoming journal articles and book chapters, among others
by researchers of the department, concerning ongoing debates in academic

Target Audience

BA2 Philosophy

Additional Information

This course is obligatory in the second year. Attendance is compulsory.

Recommended background knowledge

Courses from BA1 and from BA2 periods 1–3, esp. Epistemology and Ancient

General Information

Course Code W_BA_ACT
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. A.C.M. Roothaan
Examiner dr. A.C.M. Roothaan
Teaching Staff dr. ir. G.J. de Ridder
dr. T.M. Franssen
dr. A.C.M. Roothaan

Practical Information

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Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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