622004 UE Philosophy of Science "Everything turns": Lessons from the 20th century based on Texts from Timothy Snyder

summer semester 2021 | Last update: 03.03.2021 Place course on memo list
622004
UE Philosophy of Science "Everything turns": Lessons from the 20th century based on Texts from Timothy Snyder
UE 2
5
weekly
each semester
German

Understanding of questions relating to the philosophy of science through reading and discussing suitable classical or innovative texts of historiography resp., knowledge of developments in research and criticism of paradigms.
In the specific course, the focus is on the paradigm of the history of violence resp. Holocaust historiography and the discussion of the question of whether history can be repeated or whether it can be learned from it.

Timothy Snyder is one of the bestselling authors of contemporary history; his specialty is the devastating effects of National Socialist and Stalinist rule in Eastern Europe. At the same time, Snyder is a warning voice in the face of the advance of populism, authoritarianism and nationalism. At a time when democracy is under pressure, he points out what can be learned from the disasters of the 20th century to ensure that they do not happen again.
The reading course focuses on "Black Earth. The Holocaust and why it can repeat itself (Munich 2015)" and "On Tyranny. Twenty Lessons for Resistance (Munich 2017)", supplemented by further texts.

Reading, discussion, oral presentations.

Regular participation in class and in the discussions; reading the assigned material; short presentation in class; short essays.

The list of required reading will be given at the beginning of the semester and part of the readings will be uploaded to OLAT.

Positive assessment of compulsory module 1. 

04.03.2021