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Philosophy and Science in Edmund Husserl's Phenomenology

Instructor: Fotini Vassiliou (fvassiliou@philosophy.uoa.gr)

CODE: PH CIVIS 01  ECTS: 9  Hours: 3


Course Description:

During the present Seminar Course, we will closely study selected texts, written by Edmund Husserl (1859–1938), in order to shed light on the way his phenomenological thought critically deals with the sciences and looks for the conditions of their constitution and the clarification of their foundation. Central axis of discussion will be the relation between philosophy and science. Topics that, among others, will more particularly occupy us will be: (a) the refutation and rejection of psychologism – namely the philosophical thesis according to which the normative sciences can be exegetically reduced to Empirical Psychology, (b) the opposition to the prevalent program of naturalization of the mind and the latter’s reduction to the nomological relations examined by the sciences, (c) the difference between exact and rigorous sciences, (d) the idea of the mathematization of nature and the role played by scientific idealizations, (e) the proper detection of the origin of the concepts and principles of Geometry and every other science in general at the relevant primordial intuitions, (f) the foundation crisis of the sciences and the need for regression back to the constituting transcendental consciousness and the lifeworld.

Open Access Material

(1) Sawicki, Marianne, “Edmund Husserl”, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, URL: https://iep.utm.edu/husserl/

(2) Beyer, Christian, “Edmund Husserl”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2020 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL: https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2020/entries/husserl/

 (3) Crease, Robert, “Phenomenology and Natural Science”, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, URL: https://iep.utm.edu/phenomsc/

History of Modern European Philosophy / Geschichte der neueren europäischen Philosophie

Instructor: George Iliopoulos (giliop@philosophy.uoa.gr)

CODE: PH CIVIS 02 (65PH20), ECTS: 9  Hours: 3


Course Description:

The course introduces students to the main theories of the major figures of ancient Greek philosophy, from its beginnings to late antiquity. In particular, the following are examined:  (a) The concept, significance and periods of ancient Greek philosophy; the sources of information on ancient Greek philosophy; the historical birth of philosophy and its precursors; the themes of ancient Greek philosophy; (b) Historical development of ancient Greek philosophy: early Greek philosophy (pre-Socratics and sophists); Attic philosophy (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle), minor Socratics; Hellenistic philosophy (Epicureans, Stoics, Sceptics); philosophy of late antiquity (Middle Platonism and Neoplatonism).

The course is offered in German whereas for the active participation and the required essays the English language is also welcome.