Universität Wien FIND

180019 PS Diderot’s Circle (2018W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work

Details

max. 45 participants
Language: German

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

An unexcused absence in the first class-session means that you lose your place in class. Should you for any reason be unable to attend the first session, please write to david.wagner@univie.ac.at !

Tuesday 09.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 16.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 23.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 30.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 06.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 13.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 20.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 27.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 04.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 11.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 08.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 15.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 22.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Tuesday 29.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Denis Diderot (1713-1784) is central to the French Enlightenment. As co-editor of the famous encyclopedia and as author of novels such as Jacques the Fatalist (an inspiration to Hegel) or Rameau’s Nephew (first translated by Goethe) he is still known today. His philosophical writings are no less exciting and imaginative than his literary experiments. In order to be able to better approach his peculiar naturalism and Diderot's critique of religion, we will also read texts by Condillac, Rousseau, D'Alembert and La Mettrie.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance, regular timely upload of excerpts (two days prior to class), presentation, participation in discussions.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

In order to get a positive grade you have to hand in ten short written papers as will be explained in the first unit. If you give a presentation on one of the topics/chapters under discussion, the number of excerpts you will have to write is reduced to nine. - Attendance is mandatory, you may miss two course units. You will be graded on each part of your contributions to class, the written papers amount to 70 per cent of your final grade, 30 per cent are based on your participation in in-class discussions.

By registering for this course, you tacitly agree to having all your electronic submissions checked by Turnitin.

Examination topics

Reading list

The edition we will be working with in this introductory reading seminar:

Diderot, Denis (2013): Philosophische Schriften. Hg. u. mit einem Nachwort v. Alexander Becker. Berlin: Suhrkamp.

(Further material will be provided via moodle.)

Association in the course directory

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