Groningen, Netherlands

Methodology in the History of Philosophy

online course
when 5 July 2021 - 9 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 25

This summer school will offer an overview of different approaches to the study of the history of philosophy, and reflect on the methodological challenges in history of philosophy. The summer school will also discuss the application of digital humanities approaches to the history of philosophy. Participants will be encouraged to reflect upon their own practices of interpretation, develop a more thought-through method to approach philosophical texts of the past, and learn about exciting new approaches to studying the history of philosophy.

During the morning sessions, there will be lectures by established scholars. Some of these lectures will deal with the issue of methodology directly, while others will do so by means of a case study of recent research.

In the afternoons, there will be short presentations by participants, as well as workshops and round table discussions. Participants who wish to present may either present a short paper on methodology or a case study of their own research.

The summer school will be held entirely online. However, we strive to make the experience of this summer school as close as possible to one taking place in person. The summer school aims to foster interactions between philosophers at different stages of their career, as well as between philosophers working in different fields.

Course leader

Dr. Andrea Sangiacomo, Faculty of Philosophy

Target group

This summer school is designed for historians of philosophy interested in engaging with the methodological problems and techniques in their field. This also includes digital humanities researchers specialized in translation studies and historical networks.

Course aim

After this course you will be able to:

- Understand the role of minor figures in contemporary historiography of philosophy
- See how network analysis can be used to study historical phenomena
- Know possible uses of digital humanities for history of philosophy
- Have awareness of the problems of the philosophical canon

Credits info

1 EC
Participants who attend all sessions and who present a research proposal or paper on Friday will receive a certificate of participation signed by the coordinators of the summer school. Upon request the certificate can mention the workload of 40 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 25: Master students
EUR 50: PhDs and Postdocs

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