Text Course I

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Doel vak

Aim: The aim of the course is to teach the students how to read a
philosophical text and therefore how to formulate their own questions in
reading it. In other words, students who complete the course should have
developed the skills required for a ‘Tekstcollege’, i.e. textual
Students who complete the course should also have acquired the skills of
reflecting on philosophical texts (in translation), formulating their
own questions on them and analysing philosophical arguments.

Inhoud vak

This course will be on Aristotle’s De anima, a fundamental text for the
history of philosophy and the history of psychology (the philosophical
theory of the soul) in particular. The course will be based on the text,
proposing articulate reflection on the topics discussed therein.
Active participation by the students is required.

Students who complete the course should have acquired a fundamental
knowledge of the philosophical themes discussed in Aristotle’s text (the
definition of the soul and of its faculties; the different kinds of
souls; the meaning of intellection), but also a general understanding of
the main conceptual issues related to Aristotle’s De anima (e.g. the
Aristotelian doctrine of potency and act; the problem of the separate


Lectures and reading sessions


The exam for the present course will include one assignment (of two

thousand words)
 and a final assignment (a paper of five thousand
words) at the end of the 
course. The mark of the exam will be based
upon the results of the participation in class (20%), and of the two

papers, according to the ratio: paper 1 : 15%; paper 2: 65%.


Aristotle’s Text and secondary literature will be specified in the
course description on Canvas.


BA studenten / Students in of the BA programme

Aanbevolen voorkennis

A general knowledge of the history of ancient philosophy (Pre-Socratic
Philosophy, Plato, Aristotle and Neo-Platonism in particular) is
certainly an advantage for those who are about to read this important
text. Those who have not attended a course on the History of Ancient
Philosophy and/or are not familiar with its topics, are therefore
invited to read a text about the history of ancient philosophy (in
particular as regards Plato and Aristotle), in addition to the primary
and secondary literature for this course.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode W_BA_TXT1
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P3
Vakniveau 200
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. O.L. Lizzini
Examinator dr. O.L. Lizzini
Docenten dr. O.L. Lizzini

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