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180008 PS Self & Other in the Phenomenological Tradition (2021S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung
Mi 12.05. 16:00-19:00 Digital



max. 45 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Attention - This course will be in English!

The primary literature will be made available to the students.
Seminar sessions will be held on Zoom, and course activities will be coordinated through moodle.

Please feel welcome to get in touch and write me with any questions or concerns you might have.

Mittwoch 10.03. 17:30 - 19:00 Digital
Mittwoch 24.03. 16:00 - 19:00 Digital
Mittwoch 14.04. 16:00 - 19:00 Digital
Mittwoch 28.04. 16:00 - 19:00 Digital
Mittwoch 26.05. 16:00 - 19:00 Digital
Mittwoch 09.06. 16:00 - 19:00 Digital
Mittwoch 16.06. 17:30 - 19:00 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

In this seminar, we will read Dan Zahavi's "Self and Other: Exploring Subjectivity, Empathy and Shame" (2015).

Zahavi is well-known for championing phenomenology (especially, but not exclusively the work of Edmund Husserl) as a convincing contender in ongoing debates in contemporary philosophy of mind and various empirical disciplines.
As such "Self and Other" offers a broad introduction and is a great first point of entry at the interface of all three, while discussing such diverse topics as..
.. selfhood & self-consciousness
.. narrativity & time-consciousness
.. empathy & sociality
.. self-disorders & shame

Reading & Prep:
The seminar sessions will be leaning heavily on the reading (40-50 pages per biweekly session) and small reading assignments (answering questions, prepping question or summaries and exercises) that are a must to follow the course. To retain some of the social dynamics of a real classroom, I will organize reading groups in the first session that can come together digitally to discuss the reading, assignments and prep a small presentation.

Seminar Sessions:
The sessions themselves will be conducted online over zoom. They will feature group work and group discussions that serve to clarify and solidify the core concepts from the reading, as well as give space for the students to include & explore their own questions to the text and topics. These discussions will form the foundation for a final essay.

Final Paper:
Toward the end of the course, assignments and discussion will center around preparing and supporting the students work on a final paper.

Throughout the seminar, various skills of the academic practice in philosophy will be trained:

- fruitful & productive academic reading
- giving small presentations
- conducting constructive discussions
- working out research questions
- writing an outline to prepare an essay
- writing and responding to peer feedback
- cross-disciplinary thinking

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

1. Active participation & preparation: reading the text & small assignments (6x5 = 30 Points -> 30%)
2. Reading Group Work (10 Points -> 10%)
3. A project outline of the final essay you want to write (10 Points -> 10%).
4. Peer Feedback on two short essay drafts written by your peers (10 Points -> 10%)
5. 2500-3000-word essay (40 Points -> 40%)


1: 87 - 100 points
2: 75 - 86 points
3: 63 - 74 points
4: 50 - 62 points (passing grade)
5: 0 - 49 points

By registering for this course, you agree that the automated plagiarism software Turnitin will review all written assignments you have submitted in Moodle.

All tasks will have to be written and presented in English.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

A positive evaluation requires students to achieve a pass grade (4 - 50%) in the course, be active in terms of all 5 parts of the assessment and to actively attend the seminar meetings (2 sessions can be missed without excuse).


Students can write their essays on any topic related to the course reading, are encouraged to work out their own research question, find complementary literature and consult with the lecturer during the writing process.


Zahavi, D. (2015). Self and other: Exploring Subjectivity, Empathy, and Shame. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

(made available as an ebook by Vienna University Library)

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mi 21.04.2021 11:26