Social Philosophy

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Doel vak

In this course you will gain knowledge of, and insight into:
1. the historical developments in social philosophy, from antiquity to
the 20th century, with a focus upon contemporary philosophy;
2. the ideas of key thinkers in social philosophy (such as Plato,
Aristotle, Machiavelli, Rousseau, Marx, Rawls, Arendt, Foucault);
3. the concepts and theories most relevant for social philosophy.

And you will practice the skills to:
1. critically read and analyze primary philosophical texts;
2. take part in discussions about the texts;
3. develop a position in relation to a theme or a philosopher’s ideas;
4. improve your writing skills (on the basis of feedback).

Inhoud vak

In this course, you will gain an overview of the main developments in
social philosophy and you will read key texts from its history, with a
special focus upon 20th century philosophy. In introductions (the first
seminar every week) the larger timeline of the history of social
philosophy will be presented; in subsequent text-reading seminars,
original texts of philosophers will be discussed in detail. Reading the
original sources will give you a better understanding of the specifics
of the philosophers' thinking.


Weekly introductions and text reading seminars. The students are
expected to prepare the text seminars well by handing in assignments
(reading questions).


1. Assignments: reading questions about the primary texts (10 %).
2. A paper of 1200 words about one of the primary texts (20%). Minimum
required grade for the paper to pass is: 5.
3. Written exam with essay questions on the course materials (seminars
and literature) (70% of the final grade). Minimum required grade for the
exam: 5,5.


The literature will be announced at Canvas two weeks in advance of the

Algemene informatie

Vakcode W_BA_SOEN
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P4
Vakniveau 200
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. J.M. Halsema
Examinator dr. J.M. Halsema
Docenten dr. A.M. Verbrugge
dr. J.M. Halsema
dr. C.H. Krijnen

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