The aim of the workshop is to familiarize students with German philosophical terminology
Expected learning outcomes
The workshop aims to develop the following skills:
Critical thinking skills: By the end of the workshop, students will display a sufficiently independent critical approach in selecting and interpreting the notions that are most relevant their area of study and to the broader socio-cultural context in which they operate
Communication skills: By the end of the workshop: - students will be able to effectively communicate the acquired knowledge and disseminate it to the general public; - student will have developed basic IT skills concerning knowledge preservation and transfer.
Learning skills: By the end of the workshop, students will have developed the learning skills required to continue their studies in keeping with their own research interests. In order to meet this objective, students will also develop relevant skills in the independent interpretation of sources and in the use of basic IT tool for bibliographic research.
Lesson period: First semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
Philosophers have investigated language since the days of Plato's Cratylus and Aristo-tle's Peri hermeneias; in the early 20th century philosophy of language became a discipline on its own.
This course, however, takes an opposite stance: Rather than ask what language is from a philosophical point of view, we look at the language individual philosophers use to develop their thoughts. If relations between language and thought are highly idiosyncratic , what does it mean, then, for example, that Heidegger writes in one way and Wittgenstein in an other?
During the course we will read selected texts of German-language thinkers from Martin Luther to Jürgen Habermas, describe and analyse their language, and study the main concepts. Practice exercises in morphology, lexis, and syntax focusing on paradigmatic features of the texts will help us deepen our understanding and improve our own academic writing.
Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge required. However, a reasonable level of knowledge and competence in German will make the reading of philosophical texts in German more proficuous.
Lecture, in-depht-study of linguistic structures, group discussion
Texts studied in the course's first edition during summer term 2020: · Martin Luther (Von der Freiheit eines Christenmenschen) · Angela Merkel (Fernsehansprache zum Anfang der Corona-Krise) · Imanuel Kant (Was ist Aufklärung) · Karl Marx und Friedrich Engels (Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei) · Max Weber (Die protestantische Ethik und der Geist des Kapitalismus) · Martin Heidegger (Bauen, Wohnen, Denken) · Thomas Mann (Deutschland und die Deutschen) · Ludwig Wittgenstein (Tractatus und Philosophische Untersuchungen) · Jürgen Habermas (Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns)
Assessment methods and Criteria
Regular attendance, commitment to the various exercises, contributions to group discussions.