Analyzing Texts and Arguments
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-FIPPSB105
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Filosofie;
dr. Y.M. de Boer
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dr. Y.M. de Boer
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Contactperson for the course
dr. Y.M. de Boer
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A. McInerney
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Academic year2023
SEM1  (04/09/2023 to 28/01/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-

PPS students carry out philosophical analyses of complex societal issues. This requires the ability to analyze and process philosophical theories at an academic level. Analyzing Texts and Arguments helps you develop that ability.

This course aims to improve your reading technique by training you in the following skills:

  1. Recognizing different perspectives from which a text can be read.
  2. Assessing the context of a text without straying too much.
  3. Translating technical terms into everyday language.
  4. Extracting the core elements (main problem, arguments, conclusions, etc.) from a text.
  5. Summarizing a text in your own words.
Philosophy engages with some of the most difficult and important problems known to humanity. Analyses of such problems are often complex and multi-layered, whether they take the form of scientific studies, journalism, policy documents, or philosophical theories. It is therefore crucial that you learn how to read texts slowly, thoroughly, and critically. In short, you need to become an academic reader.

This course teaches you some of the fundamentals of academic reading, and in doing so aims to enable you to correctly reproduce the overall structure and arguments in theories.

No preparation is required for the first, introductory class, but it is useful if you read the syllabus beforehand. The classes in this course are workshops in which we compare, discuss, and improve our analyses of texts and their arguments.

As our source materials, we use (parts of) well-known philosophical theories. The selection includes theories belonging to different philosophical eras, schools, styles, and subdisciplines. You do not need to buy any books: all materials will be provided before or during the course.

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information
This is a pass/fail course. Students do not receive a 1-10 grade based on a final test, but pass or fail the course based on their assignments.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Written Task
Test weight1
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM2