Universität Wien FIND

180063 PS Self and Normativity (2018W)

C. Korsgaards "Self-Constitution"

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


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


max. 45 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 11.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 08.11. 09:45 - 14:45 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 06.12. 13:15 - 18:15 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.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 focusses on the question what role normativity plays in our self-constitution and identity. To address this question, we will read Christine M. Korsgaard’s book “Self-Constitution. Agency, Identity, and Integrity”. One of the major issues will be the question how giving reasons forms an essential part in being a person, and, more specifically, being the very person one is. Given the great importance of Kantian practical philosophy for Korsgaard’s argument, basic knowledge of Kantian terminology and concepts will be an advantage. However, beginners in Kantian philosophy are equally welcome and introductory texts to Kantian philosophy will be provided.


In the first two seminar meetings, each blocked in 5 h sessions, we will discuss Korsgaard’s text and focus on the main arguments of her book. Students will read chapters before the meetings and prepare our discussion by fulfilling small assignments on the learning platform moodle. The second half of the seminar will be held as a two-day undergraduate workshop where students will give talks 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 (“Selbstwissen und personale Identität”), and remaining free slots will be filled by international undergraduate students recruited through an open call for papers. After the workshop, students are required to submit the manuscript of their presentation as final paper (with possible revision based on peer-feedback in the discussion of their talks at the workshop).


- learn central concepts of self, identity, and normativity
- get to know different techniques of argumentation and practice formulating one’s own arguments and ideas in the discussion
- gain 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.

Examination topics

Reading list

Korsgaard, C. M. (2009). Self-Constitution. Agency, Identity, and Integrity. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Association in the course directory

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