Philosophy for doctoral candidates

The program Philosophy for Doctoral Candidates invites doctoral candidates of all departments and disciplines interested in working on the philosophical dimensions of their projects. Each semester the program offers a seminar investigating seminal philosophical questions and positions via classical and contemporary texts as well as via individual project presentations by the participants. more

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Philosophical Frame: Philosophy between Critique and Speculation

Critique and speculation designate two philosophical procedures/devices familiar to all researchers: on the one hand the skill to locate problems and critically analyze them, and on the other hand just as much the capability to transcend the already known tentatively, hypothetically or even speculatively for imagining and detecting new areas. more

Summer semester 2021

Philosophy of Culture – its German-Jewish History

This seminar will take place in the context of the anniversary year 1700 years of Jewish life in German-speaking lands.

Where philosophy is articulated in the name of culture it has consequences which are reflected in thinking about things and interpretations, facts and truth claims. The pioneering philosophers of the first cultural studies around 1900, including Ernst Cassirer, Georg Simmel, Sigmund Freud or Walter Benjamin, did not deal with eternal entities but was engaged with contingent objects. They inquired under which specific conditions and contexts these came into existence. Such objects require interdisciplinary and even transdisciplinary cooperation, historical and systematic approaches and methodological self-reflexivity.

The seminar will focus on Ernst Cassirer. On the one hand, selected texts will be examined to see to what extent contexts from Jewish religion, ethics and tradition were taken up and transformed. On the other hand, it is also to be asked to what extent the experience of being addressed as Jewish by the society has informed these philosophical approaches.

1st meeting: Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 2 pm.

Online class.

For registration please contact Prof. Dr. Christine Blaettler ( by no later than May 3, 2021.

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Information about these events is available only in German for courses before the summer term 2016.

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