Great Minds II


Course Objective

Students acquire:
1. knowledge and insight into the fundamental questions of modern and
contemporary philosophy;
2. knowledge and insight into the basic ideas of the main philosophers
from the 17th-20th century;
3. insight into connections and differences between the most important
trends in modern and contemporary philosophy.

Students practice:
1. the ability to critically study and consider texts from the
philosophical history;
2. academic judgment;
3. argumentative skills;
4. writing skills.

Course Content

In this course some of the most important thinkers from the
philosophical history of the 17th to the 20th century will be discussed,
who have had an ineffaceable influence on philosophical thinking in
general and thinking about science and culture in particular. The
following philosophers are discussed: Descartes, Hume, Kant, Hegel,
Nietzsche, Heidegger, Arendt, Wittgenstein and Foucault.

Teaching Methods

Lectures to introduce the philosophical movement and philosopher's work
(2 hours per week); text reading seminars in which a passage or
text(fragment) of the philosopher is discussed (2 hours per week).
Attendance of 80% of the lectures and text reading seminars in the
classes on Modern Philosophy and in the classes on Contemporary
Philosophy is mandatory.

Method of Assessment

Protocol on the primary literature (10%);
- Short essay on Modern Philosophy or Contemporary Philosophy (20%);
- Midterm test on Modern Philosophy with essay questions (35%);
- Final test on Contemporary Philosophy with essay questions (35%).
- There is a mandatory attendance of 80% in the lectures in part I and
80% in the lectures in part II in order to achieve the learning


The literature list will be published at Canvas two weeks before the
start of the course.

Target Audience

The course is part of the minor Philosophy.

Recommended background knowledge

Great Minds I

General Information

Course Code W_BA_MND2
Credits 6 EC
Period P2+3
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. J.M. Halsema
Examiner dr. J.M. Halsema
Teaching Staff dr. C.H. Krijnen
dr. J.M. Halsema

Practical Information

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Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture
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