Philosophy of the Humanities (ACASA)

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Doel vak

After successfully completing this course, students
• Are able to apply basic concepts and theories from the philosophy of
science to the humanities in general and to their own specific
discipline, and to use them in critically assessing studies relevant to
their own disciplines.
• Have acquired an overview of the historical development and the most
important theoretical approaches of the humanities and of their own
specific disciplines.
• Are able to evaluate the limitations and possibilities of specific
disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches in relation to research
questions within their own disciplines.
• Are able to analyze philosophical and theoretical texts relevant to
their own discipline, and to relate the concepts involved to their own

Inhoud vak

This course, which consists of one lecture and one seminar per week,
offers an introduction to and overview of the history and philosophy of
the humanities.
The focus will be on the history of thought and its consequences for the
methodology, interdisciplinarity and use of sources for classics,
cultural history and archaeology. The more general theoretical and
methodological issues that form the basis of the historical development
of science and humanities will be related to the study of the past
through texts and material culture. Both disciplinary and
interdisciplinary approaches will be discussed, with special attention
for both limitations and possibilities.
The lectures are taught by a lecturer of the Department of Philosophy,
on the basis of a handbook. The seminars are taught by a lecturer from
ACASA, and devoted to the discussion of a selection of key themes,
relevant articles and case studies. In this way, students will be
trained in close-reading philosophical texts that are crucial to the way
their (inter)discipline organizes, produces and structures knowledge.


Weekly lectures (2 hours/week); weekly tutorials ( 2 hours/week)


Midterm and final written exam (together 70% of the final grades);
written and oral assignments (together 30% of the final grades)


1) Gerard de Vries & Michiel Leezenberg, History and Philosophy of the
Humanities: An Introduction. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press,
2018. (paperback ISBN: 9789462987630 ; also available as e-book)
2) Digital reader, available on CANVAS


The course is open for students of Archaeology, Classics (GLTC), Latin
(LTC) and Ancient Studies (Oudheidwetenschappen), who have acquired 48
EC of the first year program in their own discipline.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_AABAAGO201
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 200
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. M.A.J. Heerink
Examinator dr. C. Cavallo
Docenten dr. M.A.J. Heerink

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