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Lehrveranstaltungen Sommersemester 2015


Aristotelian Emotions

Mi. 14:00 bis 16:00 c.t. woch 15.04.2015 bis 15.07.2015 Geschw.-Scholl-Pl. 1 (D) - D Z005

Nowadays the theory of emotions and of related moral-psychological phenomena became one of the most flourishing fields of philosophy. One of the milestones within the development of this new branch of philosophy was the discovery of ‘cognitive’ accounts of emotions, i.e. the ideas that emotions are crucially connected with cognitive efforts, such as opinions, judgments, memory, anticipation, and that emotions themselves can be seen as expressing evaluative judgments. In philosophy, such ideas derive, to a considerable extent, from the interpretation of Aristotle; for Aristotle seems to be the first who systematically laid bare the connections between our attitudes towards certain objects and the individuation of various types of emotions. In the seminar we will read and discuss selected passages from Aristotle’s De Anima, Rhetoric, Nicomachean Ethics and Poetics.
Voraussetzungen: This seminar will be held in English. All passages from the Aristotelian oeuvre will be read in English translation. Knowledge of ancient Greek might be useful, but is not required.
Leistungsnachweis: term paper OR (presentation+essay/record), according to the lecturer's specification (= BA and general MA program in philosophy); equivalent forms of assessment by arrangement [9 ECTS-points]
Anmeldung: (LSF) pre-registration is not necessary.


Oberseminar (zus. mit Prof. Dr. Peter Adamson, Prof. Dr. Oliver Primavesi)

Aristotle, Metaphysics Lambda (Book XII)

Di. 12:00 bis 14:00 c.t. woch 14.04.2015 bis 14.07.2015 Leopoldstr. 11B - 433

We will read and discuss Aristotle's "Metaphysics Lambda" (i.e. Book XII of the "Metaphysics"). This treatise is dedicated to an inquiry into ousia (substance). In its first five chapters Aristotle attempts to give an account of the principles of alterable and sensible substance. From chapter six onwards he turns to a more controversial type of substance, which is required to be without any alteration or motion. In the course of the following chapters this immovable type of substance is identified with the first unmoved mover which again is argued to be the first principle of everything. In a way, then, the treatment of the first unmoved mover concludes the overall project of Aristotle’s entire "Metaphysics", which he himself characterized as an inquiry into the first causes and principles. It also represents (essential parts of) Aristotle’s philosophical theology and provides important insights into his astronomy.
The seminar will be held in English; knowledge of Ancient Greek is required




Di. 18:00 bis 20:00 c.t. woch 14.04.2015 bis 14.07.2015 Leopoldstr. 11B - 433