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180107 LPS Hannah Arendt: Truth and lies in politics (2019S)

für Lehramt und MA Ethik

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

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max. 45 participants
Language: German

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Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Achtung: Das LPS beginnt am 14.3.2019. An diesem Termin werden die Referate vergeben, Anwesenheit ist unbedingt erforderlich!

Thursday 14.03. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 21.03. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 28.03. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 04.04. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 11.04. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 02.05. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 09.05. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 16.05. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 23.05. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 06.06. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 13.06. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 27.06. 15:00 - 17:30 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock

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Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims

The accurate and complete reading of a selected essay by the philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt should enable a well-founded understanding of her reflections on the subject of truth and politics. By teaching and practicing the basics of a sound approach to philosophical texts, problems should be understood in a text-appropriate way. Another focus is the teaching and practical application of scientific working techniques with regard to the present texts and as a basis for further study.

Content

The core of the seminar is the essay "Truth and Politics", published in English in 1967 and in German in 1969, which is again gaining in importance and relevance in view of current political and media-social phenomena such as "fake news" and "alternative facts". In it, Arendt reflects upon the distinction between rational and factual truths, between opinion and factual reality, or the power and powerlessness of truth towards politics.
Both her questions and her answers, as for the implications for human action and the political, are fundamental and current, and we will deal with them throughout the semester.

Methods

Close Reading:
Emphasis is on reading together, working very close to the text well as the discussion of individual positions and arguments.

Text based questions:
Students are to submit "question to the text" and are free to choose five text passages as an assignment for the following unit. This can be written as a question in the form of a short text commentary or directly as a question to the author and should be approximately one-half to a maximum of one page. (to be delivered on moodle, one day before the particular unit).

Expert groups:
Expert groups of four or five students are given the task of editing sections of the text and of preparing a reading proposal for the following unit (further research, clarification of unclear terms, and taking up text based questions). Based on this proposal, the expert groups lead through an entire unit and the current reading section. In the process, the lecturer make sure that the questions submitted by the colleagues are considered.

Assessment and permitted materials

Attendance (max. 3 absences), engagement during the course, discussion, expert groups, short written Essay of 5

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance and engagement 10%
Commitment in expert group 30%
Submission of 5 text based questions 20%
Essay 30%

Passing the course requires a minimum of 60% and the submission of an essay

Examination topics

Knowledge of primary literature, engagement, written work

Reading list

Primary literature:

Arendt, Hannah: Wahrheit und Lüge in der Politik. Zwei Essays. 4. Aufl. München: Piper 2017.

or

Arendt, Hannah: „Wahrheit und Politik“, in: Dies.: Zwischen Vergangenheit und Zukunft. Übungen im politischen Denken I. Übers. u. hg. v. Ursula Ludz. 4. Aufl. München: Piper 2016, 327-371.

Secondary literature:

Vowinckel, Annette: Hannah Arendt. 2. Durchges. und erg. Aufl. Stuttgart: Reclam 2014.

Heuer, Wolfgang; Heiter, Bernd; Rosenmüller, Stefanie (Hg.): Arendt-Handbuch. Leben-Werk-Wirkung. Stuttgart/Weimar: J.B. Metzler 2011.

Nanz, Patrizia: Wahrheit und Lüge in der Mediengesellschaft (Ausschließlich Kindle Edition: Wagenbach 2013)

Wild, Thomas: Hannah Arendt. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp 2006.

Recommendation for further reading:

Arendt, Hannah: „Freiheit und Politik“, in: Dies.: Zwischen Vergangenheit und Zukunft. Übungen im politischen Denken I. Übers. u. hg. v. Ursula Ludz. 4. Aufl. München: Piper 2016, 201-227.

Arendt, Hannah: Was ist Politik? Hg. v. Ursula Ludz. 6. Aufl. München: Piper 2017.

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