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180106 SE The Death of the Other (2018W)

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

Details

max. 30 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Please note that this seminar requires participation on two Saturdays in December.

Thursday 11.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 18.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 25.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 08.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 15.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 22.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Saturday 24.11. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 29.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Saturday 01.12. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 06.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 13.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Course Description
Philosophically, the death of the other confronts us with a set of questions that relates to how we conceptualize the relation between mind, meaning and world. In this seminar, we investigate the set of philosophical questions that the death of the other confront us with: What does it mean to lose one‘s world? What does it mean that words, objects, and places can in fact lose their meaning? What does it mean that time can stop its flow and nothing happens? How can experience becomes fragmented in a non-pathological way? And how do we conceptualize experiences of absence and the mode of survival of the death other? The aim of this course is to acquire phenomenological descriptions of absence that can provide a basis for better understanding grief as a phenomenon. In the seminar we will be reading phenomenological texts; Levinas, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida, Nancy ; psycho-analytical thinkers; Abraham and Torok, Freud, Winnicott, Lear, and recent philosophical contributions that deal with describing experiential and normative structures of grieving; Butler, Goldie, De Warren, Nussbaum, Kierkegaard, Solomon.

Method
- Focused readings of key articles and chapters
- Detailed critical discussions of texts
- Group discussions followed by presentation of key arguments
- Introductory mini-lectures by seminar leader
- Written weekly reflections
- Oral student presentations

Aim
The aim of the seminar is to make the students familiar with philosophical debates relating to the absent other, the death of the other, the role of grief for human self-understanding, the normative aspects of grieving and the role of death for our understanding of community and sociality more broadly construed. Furthermore, the seminar will enable the students to critically reflect on and participate in contemporary methodological debates questioning the role of philosophy for our understanding of everyday phenomena.

Assessment and permitted materials

The students are expected to be well-prepared, participate actively, upload 6 written reflections, do one oral presentation and submit two short essays during the semester.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Requirements
Attendance: The students must attend 11 out of 13 times
Preparation: The students are expected to read the text carefully before class and to be prepared to discuss the texts in class.
Presentation: The students are expected to give one oral presentation of the central arguments of one of the assigned readings during the semester.
Reflection: The students are expected to upload 6 seminar reflections of 1 page maximum on Moodle. The reflections must be uploaded 24 hours before we meet in class. These reflections form part of the overall assessment of the students work.
Understanding: The students are expected to submit two short essays on topics discussed in class while covering at least two of the assigned text from the syllabus.

Examination topics

Lecture plan and syllabus will be available on Moodle

Reading list

Lecture plan and syllabus will be available on Moodle

Association in the course directory

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