Metaphysics, 21st-century style

Vakbeschrijving Metaphysics, 21st-century style
Collegejaar: 2011-2012
Studiegidsnummer: 5014KS10W
Docent(en):
  • Dr. J.J.M. Sleutels
Voertaal: Engels
Blackboard: Onbekend
EC: 10
Niveau: 500
Periode: Semester 2, Blok III, IV
  • Wel Keuzevak
  • Wel Contractonderwijs
  • Geen Exchange
  • Wel Study Abroad
  • Geen Avondonderwijs
  • Geen A-la-Carte en Aanschuifonderwijs
  • Geen Honours Class

Admission requirements

Advanced BA-level knowledge of philosophy

Description

One of the most exciting new developments in metaphysics is the rise of ‘speculative realism’, which covers a number of attempts to finally move beyond post-Cartesian and post-Kantian philosophy. Virtually all modern philosophy is bound by the idea that reality is the correlate of subjective experience. After Kant it seems impossible not to conceive of reality as either a front show phenomenon or a backstage noumenon, both being framed by finite conditions of subjectivity. A growing number of philosophers are challenging this constraint, including Quentin Meillassoux (speculative materialism), Graham Harman (object-oriented philosophy), and Ray Brassier (transcendental nihilism). Their common concern is to cure philosophy from “correlationism”.

In this course we’ll start with discussing Meillassoux’s short book After Finitude (2008), and add other readings as needed.

Course objectives

Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.

Timetable

Tuesday, 12:00-15:00

See Collegeroosters Wijsbegeerte 2011-2012 , Master’s Programmes in Philosophy (Dutch website)
See Timetables Philosophy 2011-2012 , Master’s Programmes in Philosophy (English website)

Mode of instruction

Lecture, tutorial, individual study of source materials.

Assessment method

  • Student presentations (25%)
  • Term paper (75%)

Blackboard

Yes

Reading list

Required

  • Quentin Meillassoux, After Finitude. An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency (London: Continuum, 2008).

Recommended (available on the Internet)

  • Ray Brassier, Nihil Unbound. Extinction and Enlightenment (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
  • Levi Bryant, Nick Snricek & Graham Harman (Eds.), The Speculative Turn. Continental Materialism and Realism (re.press, 2011).

Registration

Please register for this course on uSis.

Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

Dr. J.J.M. Sleutels

Remarks

The course will be taught either in English or in Dutch, depending on student requirements.

Specialisation (MA Philosophy): History and Philosophy of the Sciences
Specialisations (MA Philosophy of a Specific Discipline): Philosophy of Natural Sciences, Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Medical Sciences

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