Introduction to philosophies of transformation

Jens Badura
Art x Science School for Transformation
2023W, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04970


What characterises transformation processes in relation to other change processes? What types of transformations can be distinguished, how can they be initiated and controlled, how can their effects be recognised and evaluated? These questions are intensively discussed within the framework of current transformation theories in the humanities and cultural sciences and also play a central role in the "Transformation Studies Art x Science" programme. It is therefore all the more important to know not only insights into different theoretical positions on the topic, but also a correspondingly differentiated conceptual toolkit and corresponding models of thought in order to be able to move in transformation discourses in a differentiated and critical manner.

In the course "Philosophies for transformation", such a vocabulary will be developed and tested against the backdrop of relevant approaches in the discourse on transformation in the humanities and cultural sciences. The discussion of basic philosophical concepts will play an important role. At the same time, references will be made between this approach to theories of transformation and the approaches to contemporary transformation discourse discussed in other courses.

The course is taught both in stand-alone units and in co-teaching.

ATTENTION: This course is a co-teaching format together with

Julian Reiss (Philosophy of Science - registration via JKU)

Max Muhr (Theories of Sustainability -

 In order to receive all ECTS points, you have to attend and register at both courses!

Examination Modalities

Active participation and short essay

Key Words

Theories of Transformation, Applied Philosophy, History of Ideas


18 October 2023, 09:30–13:00 School for Transformation - Lecture Room
08 November 2023, 09:30–13:00 School for Transformation - Lecture Room
21 November 2023, 09:30–13:00 School for Transformation - Lecture Room
23 November 2023, 13:30–24 November 2023, 16:45 School for Transformation - Lecture Room , "Co-Teaching with Max Muhr (Theories of Sustainability)"
14 December 2023, 09:00–12:00 School for Transformation - Lecture Room , "Co-Teaching with Julian Reiss (Philosophy of Science)"
10 January 2024, 09:30–12:00 School for Transformation - Lecture Room

Course Enrolment

From 23 September 2023, 09:30 to 31 October 2023, 09:37
Via online registration

Transformation Studies. Art x Science (Bachelor): Understand! Transformation: Introduction to Philosophies of Transformation, VU (Angewandte) 162/002.11

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible