Double Degree with Philosophy: mini-lecture Maren Wehrle


maandag, 20 mei 2019, 17:00


maandag, 20 mei 2019, 18:00

Polak Y1-08
Polak Building
Campus Woudestein

Are you an ambitious student interested in exploring academic fields beyond the borders of your own programme? If so, you might want to take up the challenge to get a second degree in philosophy.

If you missed our information session, or if you just can’t get enough of our philosophy mini-lectures? Then sign up for a mini-lecture now! On two separate occasions, Erasmus School of Philosophy will send one of their top lecturers to give mini-lectures to all of you who are interested! At these mini-lectures you will get an even better taste of what studying philosophy is all about.

About the lecture: The autonomous subject, an illusion?

The belief that we are rational, free and responsible subjects lies at the heart of democratic western societies, and is fundamental for our personal self-understanding.

This idea of the subject as rational, transparent and autonomous was born in the thinking of the philosophers René Descartes and Immanuel Kant in the 18th century. But with the beginning of the 20th century a lot of philosophers and scientists questioned the freedom and rationality of the subject. Do we really decide rationally, are we free in our decisions and actions, or is this a mere illusion? To what extent are we conditioned and determined through social, cultural, economic or political structures? In this lecture, we will see how philosophy could help to make us aware of our limits and conditions, and gives us tools to critically reflect on and even change them.