Course ObjectiveThe main aim of this course is to introduce students to social ontology.
The students will be able to understand the philosophical and scientific
controversies regarding social objects (e.g. groups of individuals,
universities) and the analysis thereof. The students will be able to
engage in constructive and critical discussions on these topics.
Course ContentThe course covers ontological questions (e.g. what is the university?)
and methodological questions (e.g. can or should we analyze a group in
terms of its individuals?). The course focuses on recent work within
analytical philosophy. Main topics include the social sciences,
naturalism/interpretation, (collective) intentionality, rational choice
theory, group agency, social institutions, race, and gender.
Teaching MethodsInteractive lectures and close reading seminars.
Method of AssessmentGroup presentations in class (20%)
Two written assignments (40% each)
LiteratureLiterature will be made available on Canvas.
Target AudienceBachelors students in philosophy and in different areas of the social
sciences with interests in foundational, philosophical questions.
Recommended background knowledgeFamiliarity with general analytic philosophy.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. C. Dutilh Novaes|
|Examiner||prof. dr. C. Dutilh Novaes|
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