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180079 VO-L Introduction to Phenomenology and Existentialism (2016W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie


Sprache: Englisch



Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Dienstag 11.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Dienstag 18.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Dienstag 25.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Dienstag 08.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Dienstag 15.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Dienstag 22.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Dienstag 29.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Dienstag 06.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Dienstag 13.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Dienstag 10.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Dienstag 17.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Dienstag 24.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Contents: This course will introduce students to the phenomenological tradition of philosophy, including both ‘transcendental’ and ‘existential’ phenomenology. It will focus upon some central themes in the writings of Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Sartre, including the phenomenological reduction, the Ego, the experience of time and possibility, the relationship between the scientifically described world and the world of everyday experience, interpersonal and social experience, the body, moods and emotions, and freedom. Students will learn how to read, interpret, and critically discuss phenomenological writings. However, the primary emphasis of the course will be on learning how to do phenomenology for oneself, by drawing on the insights of others. Hence, throughout the course, students will be actively encouraged to reflect upon and describe the structure of experience – to become phenomenologists.

*explanation and clarification of themes, methods, concepts, and claims through a series of lectures
*critical discussion of ideas during lectures, through question-and-answer sessions
*group exercises during lectures, involving phenomenological reflection
*reading of primary texts, as well as introductory and other secondary literature
*writing an essay under exam conditions

Students will:
*become familiar with phenomenological methods, and with themes that are central to historical and current phenomenological research
*learn how to interpret and critically discuss texts and ideas
*practice phenomenological reflection themselves
*sit an examination, during which they will write one essay

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Exam. German-English dictionary allowed.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The course will be assessed via an examination, during which students will be required to answer one question.


Some but not all of the topics addressed in the lectures


Recommended sources will be posted on ‘moodle’ at least one week before the relevant lecture. For each of lectures 2 to 12, students are asked to read at least one primary source and one supplementary source. In addition to the secondary sources listed below, several texts written by the lecturer will be placed on moodle, as will all overheads used in the lectures. Students are advised to consult these too. Where a text was originally published in German, both the German and English language versions will be posted on moodle. Where a source was first published in French, an English translation will be used, but students are also very welcome to consult either the original or a German translation.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

BA M 5.2
HPS M1.1, M1.3

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:36