Introduction to Ways of Knowing and Meaning. Epistemology

Arno Böhler
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2018W, Lecture and Discussion (VOD), 2.0 semester hours, course number S02138


How can transdisciplinary cooperations of heterogenous research practices can be organized in the future? In order to answer this question we will analyze different concepts of how the relation of the arts, philosophy and the science have been grasped historically and how our understanding of the relation between these disciplines has to change once they are called to collaborate in a transdisciplinary field that allows them to gain knowledge beyond the restriction of each discipline alone.

After having clarified various concepts of cross-disciplinary strategies we will analyze some concrete project of arts-based philosophy and arts-based sciences: The SenseLab, lead by Erin Manning and Brian Massumi: and performance philosophy: a growing network of researches engaged in creating transdisciplinary milieus of untimely encounters between philosophy and the arts (

Examination Modalities

Certificates are acquired through regularly attending the course and participating in class discussions (50% of grade). The students can chose to write an essay during the semester (8 pages - including the project description) on a significant aspect of the topic we are discussing or to attend a written examination at the end of the semester on relevant issues discussed during the semester course (50% of grade).

0 - 50 % = 5 51 - 65 % = 4 66 - 77 % = 3 78 - 89 % = 2 90 - 100% = 1


Students from other faculties or universities will be given a place on the course subject to room capacities.


Reading List:

Böhler, Arno (2018): Becoming Worldwide. Transdisciplinary Ways of Collaborations in Philosophy and the Arts––A Case Study.Böhler, Springer Press: New York 2018 (forthcoming).

Böhler, Arno (2014): Proposal FWF-Peek-Projekt „Artist Philosophers. Philosophy AS arts-based Research. Toward a Philosophy of Immanence (AR275 G21)“.

Böhler, Arno (2014): „Staging Philosophy. Toward a Performance of Immanent Expression“, in: Laura Cull/ Alice Lagaay (eds.): Encounters in Performance Philosophy. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 171-196.

Damasio, Antonio (2003): Looking for Spinoza. Joy, Sorrow and the Feeling Brain. William Heinemann: London.

Deleuze, Gilles (1988): Spinoza: Practical Philosophy. Translated by Robert Hurley. City Lights Books: San Francisco.

Deleuze Gilles, Guattari Félix (1991): What is Philosophy? Translated by Hugh Tomlinson and Graham Burchell, Columbia University Press.

Lagaay, Alice (2018): “On Time and Friends. Why Milli Bitterli’s Dance Performance Friedrich Bitterli Moves Me to Tears _ Time and Again”, in: Philosophy On Stage. Philosophie als künstlerische Forschung. Passagen Verlag: Wien, pp. 225-245.

Manning, Erin, Massumi, Brian: SenseLab; Website:

Nietzsche, Friedrich (1989): On The Genealogy of Morals. Translated by Walter Kaufmann. Random House: New York 1989.

Spinoza, Baruch de (2004): Ethics. Translated by Jonathan Bennett.

Key Words

arts-based philosophy, artistic research, transdisciplinarity, epistemology


01 October 2018, 10:15–12:45
08 October 2018, 10:15–12:45
15 October 2018, 10:15–12:45
22 October 2018, 10:15–12:45
29 October 2018, 10:15–12:45
05 November 2018, 10:15–12:45
12 November 2018, 10:15–12:45
19 November 2018, 10:15–13:00
26 November 2018, 10:15–13:00
03 December 2018, 10:15–13:00
10 December 2018, 10:15–12:45

Course Enrolment

From 17 September 2018, 23:38 to 29 September 2018, 23:38
Via online registration

co-registration: possible (2.0 ECTS)

Individual courses: possible (2.0 ECTS)