Universität Wien FIND

180030 PS Self-Knowledge and Personal Identity (2018W)

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

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max. 45 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 11.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Wednesday 24.10. 09:45 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3D, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Wednesday 12.12. 09:45 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3D, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 11.01. 15:00 - 19:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Saturday 12.01. 09:45 - 19:00 Hörsaal 3D, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/3. Stock, 1010 Wien


Aims, contents and method of the course


This course provides an introduction to the philosophy of personal identity. Main issues will concern the following questions: What is personal identity? How can we know about our identity? And, what role does narrativity play in the constitution of our identity? To address these questions, we will read introductory texts, classical texts (Hume, Locke) and various contemporary texts of different philosophical traditions (e.g. Parfit, Ricoeur).


In the first two seminar meetings, each blocked and of 5 h, we will discuss selected texts on self-knowledge and personal identity. Students will read chapters before the meetings and prepare our discussion by fulfilling small assignments on the learning platform moodle to become familiar with key positions regarding personal identity. The second half of the seminar will be held as a two-day undergraduate workshop at which students will be asked to give a talk of around 20 min. The topic of the workshop will be: ‘Self and Identity. Becoming the Person One is’. Participants of the workshop will be the students of this and another seminar (“Self and Normativity”), and remaining free slots will be filled by international undergraduate students recruited through an open call for papers. After the workshop, as final paper, students are required to submit the manuscript of their presentation (with possible revision based on peer-feedback in the discussion of their talks at the workshop).


 learn central concepts of self-knowledge, personal identity, and narrativity
 get to know different techniques of argumentation and practice to formulate own arguments and ideas in the discussion
 gain first experiences in presenting own ideas to peers at an international level
 gain first workshop experiences (no prior workshop experiences required!!)

Assessment and permitted materials

- Participation in discussion of preparatory meetings (10%)
- Fulfilling short assignments on moodle (10%)
- Presentation at workshop (10%)
- Participation in discussion of the workshop (30%)
- Revised manuscript of presentation (40%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

It is mandatory to attend and present at the undergraduate workshop on 11th/12th January 2019. Students can miss one of the preparatory 5-h-meetings before the workshop. All students are required to fulfill small assignments as communicated on moodle, give a talk at the workshop, and submit a revised manuscript as final paper. Talk and manuscript can be either in German or English.

Examination topics

Reading list

Will be announced in the seminar.

Association in the course directory

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