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Philosophy of Humanities: Method and Interpretation


Admission requirements

Admission to one of the following programmes is required:

  • MA Philosophy 60 EC: specialisation Modern European Philosophy

  • MA Philosophy 120 EC: specialisation Philosophy of Humanities


Many different philosophical methods, especially from the Continental tradition, have found their way into the humanities broadly. In this course we reflect on the foundations of major different philosophical methods in the humanities (e.g. dialectics, phenomenology, critical theory, hermeneutics, semiotics, deconstruction). It is a characteristic of the Continental tradition that a strict separation between method and content is often not possible. Questions of method (of the different kinds of writing, style, logic or argumentation) often cannot be dissociated from substantive views on the task of philosophy and of the humanities. The use of a certain method often implies a diagnosis of the culture in which the humanities operate, and specific views on, among other things: what the most important questions and challenges for te humanities are, what it means to think and reflect critically, and what the responsibilities are of intellectual thought.

We read canonical texts from the main methodological schools in the humanities and focus on method and interpretation in two senses: some texts are discourses 'on' or 'about' method and interpretation, while other texts exemplify or employ important or striking methods. Special attention goes out to: (1) different conceptions of what it means to think and how to do that; (2) how to read, interpret and critically engage with texts that employ a kind of logic, style or language that seems different from more conventional theoretical or scientific method; (3) the relation between science, philosophy and literature in the humanities.

Course objectives

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The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminars

Class attendance is required.

Assessment method


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Students who have obtained a satisfactory grade for the first examination(s) cannot take the resit.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

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