Philosophy Basics. Theories of the Subject

Amanda Holmes
Art Sciences and Art Education, Philosophy
2021W, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03913

Description

 

As the title of this course indicates by using the plural (“theories of the subject,”) the philosophical notion of “the subject” might be taken in many different senses; the subject has a number of theoretical contexts from the Subjectum in the philosophy of the Middle Ages to the rational subject of Modern philosophy, to the problematization of the subject in 20th century structuralism and post-structuralism. Rather than giving a survey of various approaches to the question of the subject, this class will focus on one particular debate around the inheritance of Descartes’ cogito. In Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy, he develops his infamous cogito, the “I think” which he linked with existence (“… therefore I am”). Descartes’ cogito is often credited with ushering in the rational subject of modernity, grounding the ontological certainty of the subject on the rationality of the “I.”

 

Throughout the course of our semester, we will develop a reading of Descartes’ formulation of subjectivity in his Discourse on Method and in the Meditations. We will then turn our attention to one important debate in 20th century French philosophy that has at its core the question of madness as the not so hidden underbelly of this rational subject of modernity. We will read the debates around the cogito between Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida as one important legacy of the Cartesian theory of the subject.

 

 

Readings:

 

René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy

 

René Descartes, Discourse on Method

 

Michel Foucault, History of Madness

 

Jacques Derrida, “Cogito and the History of Madness” in Writing and Difference

 

Michel Foucault, “Response to Derrida” (Appendix to History of Madness)

 

Michel Foucault, “My body, this paper, this fire” (Appendix to History of Madness)

 

** These and other additional readings will be posted in the BASE folder for the course

Examination Modalities

There are two basic assignments for this course. Every student will deliver one short (5-10 minute) presentation. And the final exam will be one 5 page paper.

 

More instructions for these assignments will be given on the first day of class. 

Dates

21 October 2021, 16:00–18:00 Seminar Room 22
28 October 2021, 16:00–18:00 Seminar Room 22
04 November 2021, 16:00–18:00 Seminar Room 22
11 November 2021, 16:00–18:00 Seminar Room 22
18 November 2021, 16:00–18:00 Seminar Room 22
25 November 2021, 16:00–18:00 Seminar Room 22
02 December 2021, 16:00–18:00 Seminar Room 22
09 December 2021, 16:00–18:00 Seminar Room 22
16 December 2021, 16:00–18:00 Seminar Room 22
13 January 2022, 16:00–18:00 Seminar Room 22
20 January 2022, 16:00–18:00 Seminar Room 22
27 January 2022, 16:00–18:00 Seminar Room 22

Course Enrolment

From 01 August 2021, 00:00 to 30 November 2021, 23:59
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

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