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180045 VO Bolzano's metaphysics (2021S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 11.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 18.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 25.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 15.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 22.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 29.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 06.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 20.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 27.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 10.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 17.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Digital
Thursday 24.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Bernard Bolzano isn't one of the famous players in the history of philosophy. This fact does not warrant the conclusion, however, that Bolzano doesn't deserve a prominent place in our accounts of the history of philosophy. He was in fact a highly original and deep thinker with a number of groundbreaking ideas, and his writings are exemplary works of clarity and rigour.

This lecture will examine but a part of Bolzano's philosophy: his metaphysics. A focus will be laid on Bolzano's ontological position. Another focus will lay on his theory of ground and consequence (which in many aspects anticipates a hot debate in contemporary metaphysics, namely the debate about metaphysical grounding).

Due to the topics discussed the lecture can also serve as a more general introdution to metaphysics and ontology, though with a focus on the works of a single author.


The format of the lecture will be weekly videos. In addition there will be a forum for questions and discussions.

Assessment and permitted materials

There will be an online exam consisting of a set of multiple choice questions and a short essay.

By signing up one agrees to the said form of the exam.

As always, cheating is bad. By taking the exam, you commit to doing it on on your own and without any aid from others.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimal requirement: getting a 4 as a grade.

Examination topics

The topics discussed in the lecture.

Reading list

Es gibt keine zur Vorbereitung der Vorlesung verbindliche Lektüre. Wer sich aber ein wenig auf einstimmen möchte, kann zu folgenden beiden Aufsätzen greifen:
- Bernard Bolzano, Was ist Philosophie?
- Künne, Wolfgang, „Substanzen und Adhärenzen. Zur Ontologie in Bolzanos Athanasia“, Philosophiegeschichte und logische Analyse / Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy 1 (1998), S. 233–250
Zu Beginn der Vorlesung wird eine Auswahl an Texten von Bolzano zur Verfügung gestellt, die als sinnvolle Begleitlektüre für den Kurs dienen. Während der Vorlesung werden spezifische Empfehlungen zur Lektüre als Vorbereitung auf die Sitzungen gegeben.
Eine Auswahl weiterführender Literatur wird am Beginn und im Verlauf der Lehrveranstaltung bekannt gegeben.

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Last modified: Th 23.03.2023 00:20