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180060 LPS Mill: On Liberty (2018S)

5.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 45 participants
Language: German

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 08.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 15.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 22.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 12.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 19.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 26.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 03.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 17.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 24.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 07.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 14.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 21.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 28.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims:
Thorough examination of the text, understanding of Mills‘ fundamental terms and ideas, as well as critical reflection and application on current political and philosophical debates.

Contents:
John Stuart Mill is known to be one of the most influential authors of Anglo-Saxon philosophy and Utilitarianism. He was an early advocate of women’s rights as well a dedicated public intellectual. His work, „On Liberty“ (1859), was initially acknowledged as the standard reference for political liberalism and later for political philosophy as a whole. It deals with fundamental questions of individual freedom, that are still relevant to this day, as for example the limits to freedom of opinion and press, the relationships between individuals and society, and the limits to state intervention.

Methods:
During the course the book will be examined chronologically and as a whole. Work will be done weekly in compact reading assignments. Priorities will be set for reading and critical dealing with text. Weekly presentations will be held, in order to illustrate problems within each section. These will then further be discussed together, regarding their relevance today. Important passages will be dealt with in close-reading together.

Assessment and permitted materials

Attendance (max. 3 absences), engagement during the course, discussions, holding a presentation, two written essays of approx. 5 pages each

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance and engagement: 10%
Presentation: 30%
2 scientific papers: 60% (30% each)
(The papers should be approx. 5 pages long each one of them should deal with different topics of the book)

Examination topics

Knowledge of primary literature, personal engagement, presentation, written work

Reading list

Primary literature (recommended edition):

Mill, John Stuart: On Liberty / Über die Freiheit. Englisch / Deutsch. Stuttgart Reclam 2009

Additional literature:

Mill, John Stuart: Utilitarismus. Hamburg: Meiner 2006

Mill, John Stuart: Considerations on Representative Government. Waiheke Island: Floating Press 2009.

Mill, John Stuart: The Subjection of Women. Waiheke Island: Floating Press 2009.
Sekundärliteratur zur Vertiefung:

Kuenzle, Dominique; Schefczyk, Michael: John Stuart Mill zur Einführung. Hamburg: Junius 2009.

Nida-Rümelin, Julian (Hg.): Ethische und Politische Freiheit. Berlin (u.a.): de Gruyter 1998.

Scarre, Geoffrey: Mill’s ‘On Liberty’: A Reader’s Guide. London: Bloomsbury 2007.

Skorupski, John (Hg.): The Cambridge companion to Mill. Cambridge (u.a.): Cambridge Univ. Press 1998.

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