TOPIC OF THE COURSE: Philosophy: Knowing how to think – The topicality of philosophy
CONTENTS: The course is open to all students of the university (in particular students not enrolled in philosophy) potentially interested in a philosophical education and orientation on philosophy itself and seeks to provide an overview of philosophy, not in historical or encyclopedic form but deepening key issues and problems with a view to their current importance. Philosophy is a foundational reflection for many areas of life. On the one hand, it is committed to understanding phenomena that are important to all as persons or citizens - such as language, logic, knowledge, action, the particular nature of man, society, law, history.... On the other hand, it is normative, it seeks to develop rational and guiding criteria for cognizance, decision-making, action - moral, political, legal, but also logical criteria for cognizance, scientific practice. As these lists already suggest, philosophy deals with many subjects and is divided into numerous disciplines - from philosophical anthropology or epistemology, to moral philosophy and the theory of good living - each dealing with different issues. To meet this variety, the course covers all the disciplines of philosophy (or at least the most important ones), always dedicating one lesson to them; and in the individual disciplines it provides information on selected themes, chosen for their topicality, interest, and centrality in order to understand the discipline and their orientational value even outside philosophy. In order to guarantee a high scientific level, the course is organized in the form of a lecture series; that is, the single lectures on themes of the various disciplines of philosophy will be held by different professors (also from other universities), specialized in the respective disciplines. - Below, under the heading "further information", there is a list with the dates, the professors and the topics of the individual lessons.