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180127 SE Action and Interaction (2020W)

Understanding of Action as a Social Phenomenon

5.00 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. 30 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The seminar will take place online. The meetings will be interactive and require active participation from the students.

Wednesday 14.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Wednesday 21.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Wednesday 28.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Wednesday 04.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Wednesday 11.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Wednesday 18.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Wednesday 25.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Wednesday 02.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Wednesday 09.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Wednesday 16.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Wednesday 13.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Wednesday 20.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Wednesday 27.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this seminar we will read the just published book by Shaun Gallagher, Action and Interaction.

Gallagher is an interdisciplinary philosopher working on social understanding (how do we know what others are thinking), phenomenology, and embodied and embedded cognition. He uses these different backgrounds to present action as a social phenomenon.

The book draws on evidence from phenomenology and empirical studies of development, ecological psychology, and studies of communicative and narrative practices, especially in more complex social practices. It explores the social dimensions of human agency, such as autonomy, recognition, and justice.

The book discusses several important topics in debates on philosophy of mind, social understanding, and philosophy of action. The seminar will make you familiar with the basics of these debates and how they relate.

The seminar meetings will be used to explain core concepts and for (small group) discussions. These discussions will be the foundation for the outline, and essay.

Throughout the seminar, we will practice research skills such as
- formulating research questions,
- writing research paper outlines,
- writing feedback for peers,
- responding to feedback,
- combining different types of research to illuminate philosophical ideas.

Assessment and permitted materials

1. Active participation/preparation: reading the text and participation in forum discussion (15%)
2. A project outline of the essay you want to write at (20%).
3. Peer Feedback on two short essays written by your peers (25%)
4. 2500-3000-word essay (40%)

All tasks will have to be written and presented in English. You can find more information about the course requirements below.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

A positive evaluation requires students to achieve a pass grade (4) in all four assessment pieces, and to actively attend the seminar. Two unauthorized absences will be excused.

I will only look at and mark assessments after the deadline, irrespective of how early you submit, and will then mark them within four weeks. If you need your mark earlier, e.g. if you are on an exchange semester, please explicitly request this by email.

By registering for this course/seminar, you tacitly agree to having all your electronic submissions checked by the plagiarism detection software Turnitin.

Examination topics

Students can write their essays on any topics linked to the seminar themes. Students are encouraged to develop their own research topics, and to consult with the lecturer on their writing plans.

Reading list

Shaun Gallagher - Action and Interaction (Oxford University Press, 2020)

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Mo 05.10.2020 10:09