Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: 201500418
What Makes Us Human? What Can We Know?
Course info
Course module201500418
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeHonours
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact R.P.H. Munnik
Contactperson for the course
drs. P. van Adrichem-Rotteveel
prof.dr. J. Hoogland
Lecturer R.P.H. Munnik
Contactperson for the course R.P.H. Munnik
Academic year2017
Starting block
RemarksThis course is part of the Honours programme
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Learning goals
In this course you will examine different doctrines of knowledge and truth, by means of a thorough and critical reading of some of their proponents. It implies theories like idealism (Plato, Hegel), rationalism (Descartes, Spinoza), empiricism (Locke, Hume), scepticism (Sextus Empiricus, Montaigne), (neo)positivism (Comte, Carnap), pragmatism (James, Dewey), phenomenology (Husserl, Merleau-Ponty), hermeneutics (Heidegger, Ricoeur). But these fashionable and impressive labels do not really matter; important are the basic ideas that they convey and the discussions they evoke – discussions you are invited to participate in.
Basic questions are: “What are the preconditions for human knowledge?” “Is human knowledge finite, and, if so, what are its limitations, and does it make sense to talk about things beyond these limitations?” “what kinds of truth are there (in math, in science, in the humanities, in poetry, in religion)?” “what exactly is a (scientific) truth claim?” “what is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?”
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Kies de Nederlandse taal