Diversifying Philosophy

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Diversifying Philosophy

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    You will gain knowledge of:
    a) The critical philosophies present in feminist philosophy, decolonial and race theory.
    b) The impact of ideological biases on the ways philosophy is done.
    c) A broader range of philosophical authors than the canon provides

    And insight into:
    a) Inclusive/exclusive power structures embedded in Western philosophy at the level of concepts, text and discourse.
    b) The relation between inclusive/exclusive power structures in philosophy and social structures.
    c) Certain presuppositions e.g. cultural-premises, and the limitations of concepts that are present in Western Philosophy.

    This course studies the exclusionary effects of the Western philosophical canon, as well as efforts to repair them. Female thinkers
    tend to be excluded in the entire history of Western philosophy. Definitions of reason and freedom that originate in Enlightenment
    philosophy had the effect to increasingly also exclude non-Western philosophies, through racial and racist thinking. This course will draw
    attention to the underrepresentation and lack of diversity that go hand in hand with the philosophical canon. By incorporating works of
    philosophers belonging to typically underrepresented groups, a critical perspective will be developed regarding the implicit and explicit
    biases in philosophy.

    Lectures and seminars

    a) Two written reviews of the texts of max. 1000 words (30%);
    b) Presentation of one of the reviews (20%);
    c) Paper of max. 3000 words about a subject discussed in the course (50%).

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