Philosophical Text Reading

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Doel vak

The student obtains:
- knowledge of a ground-breaking and highly influential philosophical
book in continental philosophy
- knowledge of core themes in phenomenology
- the ability to read and analyze a philosophical text
- the ability to assess philosophical arguments
- the ability to develop and defend one's own position

Inhoud vak

We will read (the largest part of) Phenomenology of Perception by the
French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty. In the book, Merleau-Ponty
focuses on the problems of perception and embodiment as a starting point
for clarifying the relation between the mind and the body, the objective
world and the experienced world, and expression in language and art,
history, politics. Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology of the body has made
important contributions to debates in contemporary continental
philosophy, and beyond this especially in the areas of feminist
philosophy, philosophy of mind and cognitive science, environmental
philosophy and philosophy of nature, political philosophy, philosophy of


Text reading seminars


Oral presentation and chairing the discussion about the text (20%)
A written assignment about the text (30%)
Paper of 3500 words (50%)


Merleau-Ponty, M. Phenomenology of Perception, Donald Landes (trans.),
London: Routledge, 2012

Toelichting Canvas

A longer course description and detailed program can be found on Canvas
two weeks before the start of the course.

Aanbevolen voorkennis

The four general (not track-dependent) courses of the first year of the
master programme

Algemene informatie

Vakcode W_MA_TEXT
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 500
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. J.M. Halsema
Examinator dr. J.M. Halsema
Docenten dr. J.M. Halsema

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