MA Course History of Philosophy: Beauty and Truth (and the Good). The aesthetics of rational being.

2018-2019
Dit vak wordt in het Engels aangeboden. Omschrijvingen kunnen daardoor mogelijk alleen in het Engels worden weergegeven.

Doel vak

In order to successfully complete this course, the student needs to
- acquire knowledge of several ancient theories of beauty and of truth;
- gain insight into ancient views of the interrelation between beauty
and truth, and of the metaphysical and epistemological presuppositions
underlying those views.
After completion of this course, students will have further developed
their skills of textual analysis, of reflecting on and comparing the
theories expounded in (ancient) texts (in translation); evaluating
secondary literature on those texts; formulating their own questions on
and analyses of the material.

Inhoud vak

This course is all about ancient theories of beauty and truth and of the
interrelation between the two. Is beauty a signpost of truth? Or does it
lead us away from truth instead? What is the ancient notion of beauty?
How does it associate with, on the one hand, rationality and truth, and,
on the other hand, our perception and emotions? We will trace the
development of aesthetics from Plato down to the late ancient
commentators, and study the entrenchment of beauty and truth in ideas
concerning the nature of reality, knowledge, and human life.

Onderwijsvorm

Seminar. Student participation: presentation of topics, close reading of
papers, and group discussions.

Toetsvorm

Twoweekly assignments (20%), presentation (10%) and final essay (70%).

Literatuur

A selection of passages from primary texts (mainly Plato, Aristotle,
Plotinus, all in English translations) as well as papers and chapters
from secondary literature, details to be announced through Canvas.
The course has a direct relation to recent research of the historians of
philosophy of the VU.

Doelgroep

MA students of ACASA. Students in other MA's (esp. Philosophy and
Theology) may participate after permission from the teacher.

Overige informatie

This course will be taught in English unless all participating students
have both active and passive knowledge of Dutch.
Absence of more than 20% will have to be compensated through additional
assignments, except in cases of illness or other extreme circumstances.
Late papers will not be accepted.

Aanbevolen voorkennis

A completed BA in one of the disciplines of ACASA or in philosophy.
Students who wish to participate but do not fulfill the requirements
should contact the teacher before enrolling.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode WM_ACASA01
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P5
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. M. Martijn
Examinator prof. dr. M. Martijn
Docenten prof. dr. M. Martijn

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