851-0148-00L  Introduction to Philosophy: Prophets, Judges, Fools, and Healers

SemesterSpring Semester 2019
LecturersM. Hampe
Periodicitytwo-yearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman

AbstractThis lecture gives an overview of forms of philosophizing for students of the natural sciences and engineering. It is at the same time an introduction to philosophy for beginners of this subjects.
ObjectiveStudents of the natural sciences and technology will be given an overview of the different forms of philosophizing. Beginners of this subject will receive a general introduction to philosophy. In order to acquire credit points, a critical summary of one lesson of choice must be submitted (about 5-7 pages).
ContentPhilosophy is done in different forms: as a diagnosis of a time, from which one can develop a prognosis, as an evaluation of action and thinking, and as a commentary of a spectator, who detects contradictions and and tries to give a therapy to human acting and thinking. By looking at texts from Plato, Kant, Morus, Nietzsche, Carnap, Wittgenstein and others the course will give an introduction into philosophical thinking in general.
Lecture notesDas Skript der Vorlesung ist unter der folgenden internetadresse zu finden: www.phil.ethz.ch/fileadmin/phil/files/SkriptEinfuehrung.pdf
LiteratureMichael Hampe, Propheten, Richter, Ärzte, Narren: Eine Typologie von Philosophen und Intellektuellen, in: Martin Carrier und Johannes Roggenhofer (Hg.) Wandel oder Niedergang? Die Rolle der Intellekturelln in der Wissengesellschaft, Tranbscript Verlag, Münster 2007
Prerequisites / NoticeCredits are given for a critical summary of about six pages of one of the lectures. There will be a titorial to support the writing of this summary.