010083 VO Metaphysics (2020W)
Contemporary Approaches to Metaphysics
3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
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Tuesday 02.02.2021 Wednesday 03.02.2021 Tuesday 02.03.2021 Monday 10.05.2021 Friday 02.07.2021 15:00 - 18:00 Digital
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Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
Oral or written examinations.
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As a minimum requirement, at least sufficient knowledge of the content of the lecture should be demonstrated. It will have a positive effect on the exam grade if the answers show an independent approach to the lecture's topics.
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Literaturhinweise zu Beginn bzw. im Laufe der Vorlesung (siehe MOODLE).
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198 418 (15W): RK 09; 033 195 (17W) BRP 17krp, 033 195 (17W) BRP 17ktb; 011 (15W): FTH 16; auslaufende Studienpläne: Pflichtfach für 011 (11W) D20, 020
Last modified: Th 23.03.2023 00:12
In spite of all the diversity of approaches, it was commonsense in 20th century philosophy to distance oneself from metaphysical thinking. Either the violent character of metaphysics was denounced or it was rejected as mere conceptual poetry. At the turn of the millennium, however, the situation seems to have changed. Under titles such as Speculative Realism or New Materialism, approaches to thinking emerged that advocate a positive notion of speculation. These approaches thus emphasize what for Kant and his successors was the actual deficit of metaphysical thinking: the nature of reality does not depend on the forms of human experience. What being is, is primarily not bound to what it is for us.
The lecture will present some of the most recent speculative approaches and their central points of reference (Badiou, Deleuze). It will discuss to what extent they really reflect a new desire for metaphysics (Gabriel, Hogrebe). In doing so, it aims at developing the contours of a new metaphysical thinking that is able to withstand the criticism of classical metaphysics.
In order to introduce the problem, the first sessions of the lecture will deal with the main features of classical metaphysics and its later criticism.