FTR-FIMI208
History of the Self
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-FIMI208
Credits (ECTS)5
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Filosofie;
Lecturer(s)
Lecturer
dr. A. Cimino
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
dr. A. Cimino
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2016
Period
PER3  (30/01/2017 to 19/03/2017)
Starting block
PER3
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims

At the end of this course you will:

  • be able to give an overview of the emergence of modern conceptions of personal identity and the subject;
  • be familiar with a number of crucial concepts and theoretical frameworks that define philosophical debates on the self.
Content

In this course we will study the emergence of the modern notion of self. Starting with Descartes, we will trace how thinkers such as Locke, Hume, Kant and Husserl thought about personal identity and the subject. We will closely investigate how the various thinkers reacted to each other but also how they responded to the scientific, religious and other challenges of their time. We will end the course by reading parts of Charles Taylor's "Sources of the Self"'. Taylor's book develops a profound critique of the modern notion of self, developed by the thinkers we deal with in this course. The course will end with a profound discussion of the historical and systematical validity of Taylor's claims. 

Test information
Written exam with open questions.

Prerequisites
BA 1 Philosophy.

Recommended materials
Blackboard
To be announced on Blackboard.

Instructional modes
Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
tentamen
Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock TENT3, Block TENT4