Human made: on technology and the arts
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-FIPPSB317
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Filosofie;
dr. M. Kisner
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dr. M. Kisner
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Contactperson for the course
dr. M. Kisner
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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 facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
In this course you learn:
  • how the human capacity to create or to make and how these human creations condition what it means to be human;
  • to read and interpret texts from the continental tradition of philosophy dealing with the questions of art, poetry and technology;
  • how the philosophical understanding of poetry and technology offers a critical understanding of major problems concerning the impact of human creations on our living environment. 
Humans are creatures that can make and have reflected since ancient times on the question of what this capacity, which in an exemplary fashion is visible in art and technology, means for who or what they are. According to the first chorus in Sophocles’ Antigone, it is due to this capacity that the human is the most dangerous being. Given the impact of human technological creations on the well-being of the environment and the planet today, this ancient, tragic suspicion about the human has only gained in significance. In this course we aim to discuss in conversation with philosophers from the continental tradition what it means for humans to have this capacity to create, in terms of art, poetry and technology.

Presumed foreknowledge
Test information
This course is part of a module of three courses in the Philosophy, Politics and Society bachelor programme. You can only take this course if you also take the two associated courses during the same semester. If you want to register for the three courses in this module, you must FIRST register for the module itself via the 'Minor' tab in Osiris, and THEN register for the courses themselves. For an overview of modules and their associated courses, see the course guides on the website of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies.
Instructional modes
Lecture and seminar
Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight1
Test typePaper
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM2