Philosophical Perspectives on Europe
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-FIPPSB302
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Filosofie;
A.W. Sterken, MA
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A.W. Sterken, MA
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
A.W. Sterken, MA
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
SEM1  (31/08/2020 to 24/01/2021)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After this course you:
  • can describe key intellectual exchanges between inhabitants from Europe and Asia;
  • can analyse the Asian response to European imperialism;
  • understand which roles religious and cultural ideas played in Asian nationalism.
This course focuses on the exchange of ideas in the age of European imperialism and Asian nationalist decolonization. It specifically examines religious ideas that are found in the Asian traditions Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism, which were utilized in anti-colonial nationalism.  It will also pay attention to the Cold War and the shift of attention from the capitalism-communism struggle to the emergence of civilizational and religious assertions. It will place these contemporary concerns in the context of a much longer history of philosophical exchanges between Europe and Asia. The study of ideas in the course is from a postcolonial perspective in which the universality and the superiority of Europe are not assumed. Instead, the interaction between Europe and Asia is illuminated in its social, political, and philosophical aspects.
Presumed foreknowledge
B1 completed. The course can be taken by students from the faculties of FTR and Humanities without any other prior requirements. Students from other faculties are welcome as well - please contact the lecturer ( for consultation.
Test information
The final grade is determined through a written exam and multiple assignments
This course is part of a three course module in the Philosophy, Politics and Society bachelor programme. Students can only be admitted if they also take the two associated courses during the same semester (retakes excluded). Students who are NOT enrolled in a bachelor, master, or exchange programme of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious studies cannot register directly for PPS modules. Instead, they can apply for admission by sending an e-mail to Such applications must contain a separate document in which you (1) inform us about your current studies, (2) explain which module you want to take and why it is relevant to your studies, and (3) describe what you bring to the classroom. The document must be written in English.
Instructional modes

Written Exam
Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM2