The course provides an overview of the great thinkers of Western metaphysics from antiquity to the present. |
the arguments of the philosophers.
1. The student is familiar with the most important movements and thinkers from Western metaphysics since Descartes to the present.
2. The student is able to compare different philosophical positions on basic characteristics.
3. The student is able to independently interpret primary texts.
4. The student is able to present in his own words the arguments of the philosophers.
5. The student is able to recognize historical lines of influence or reaction of philosophers on each other.
6. The student is able to give an interpretation of the philosophical ideas regarding our society.
Metaphysics deals with questions since Greek antiquity that go beyond sensory perception, such as: What is the meaning of life? Is there a God? What is death? Why is there something rather than nothing? What is Being? And Nothingness? Can we know what is right? Is there a soul? What exactly is consciousness? Or should we just stop asking these questions? But that\'s a metafyisch position, too. In Western history, there were always suggested answers to these questions and they always were again refuted or criticized by other thinkers. This course is the first guide in the maze of philosophical debates, traditions, terms and great names of Western metaphysics.|