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180174 VO-L Introduction to Theoretical Philosophy (2020W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie

Lecture with compulsory reading. The philosophical texts will be presented in the lectures and discussed (and partially read) in the Kolloquia (discussion & reading) sessions. For more information please register into the moodle elearning platform for this course.

PowerPoint and Audiofiles for this lecture (in German) will be provided as well.


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


max. 999 participants
Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N


Due to the new lockdown regulation, the teaching of this lecture will start today 3.11. switched from "hybrid" to digital.
All lecture units can start tomorrow Wed 4.11. can be followed live via u: stream or moodle collaborate and are also recorded in moodle for the lecture.

The lecture will be held in "hybrid" mode - given the current situation and developments, it will take place on site at HS A, Uni Campus, and as well via E-Learning in Moodle and with Moodle Collaborate.

The first session on October 14th will take place on site in lecture hall A UniCampus. If the circumstances permit, the following units will be held on site as well. In the event of increased risk or in the event of a new lockdown, the course will be switched to e-learning. Lessions will then be given live with Moodle-Collaborate.

COVID Room capacity: 52 students with the legally prescribed distance for classroom teaching.

For students who cannot / do not want to attend the lecture on site, all information and materials for the lecture (audio files, PPt slides) are available in Moodle. Office hours for question and answers are held in person and via Moodle Collaborate as well.

Wednesday 14.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 21.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 28.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 04.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 11.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 18.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 25.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 02.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 09.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 16.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 13.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 20.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital
Wednesday 27.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Introduction into the mayor fields and topics of theoretical philosophy: epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of language - analytical philosophy and philosophy of mind.

The historical frame of this lecture arches from early modern times to the present / 20th century and current topics in theoretical philosophy in the 21st century.

Assessment and permitted materials

- written exam (2 date options) at the end of term in February 2021, in the mode of Moodle Online "Open Book" exam.
- tow more exam dates in March 2021

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Lecture units with philosophical texts:
PPts and video recordings of the lecture

Minimum requirement for a positive grading: 60%
Maximum Points: 100%.

Grading Key:
0 < 60%: Not Sufficient
60%: Sufficient
to 70%: Satisfactory
to 80%: Good
85 -100%: Very good

Examination topics

Lecture units and questions on the philosophical texts.
Ca. 8-10 questions on the Lecture content and questions on the philosophical texts/quotes, to be answered in short easy form (no half sentences or keywords), no multiple choice test.

Materials for exam preparation: audio files, PPt-Folien, Lecture notes, selected texts and chapters from the reading list.

Reading list

1) Rene Descartes: Meditationen zur Ersten Philosophie
2) John Locke: Versuch über den menschlichen Verstand
3) G.W. Leibniz: Neue Abhandlung über den menschlichen Verstand, Vorrede
4) Immanuel Kant: Kritik der reinen Vernunft, Vorrede A und B
5) Ludwig Wittgenstein: Philosophische Untersuchungen, Paragraphen-Auswahl
6) John Austin: How to do things with Words [Zur Theorie der Sprechakte] (1962)
7) Thomas Metzinger: Das Leib-Seele-Problem im 20. Jahrhundert (2007)

Association in the course directory

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