800980 SE Death and grief

winter semester 2021/2022 | Last update: 17.01.2022 Place course on memo list
SE Death and grief
SE 2

The participants gain an overview over historical as well as contemporary philosophical positions regarding grief. They train themselves in transdisciplinary approaches to a recent topic and develop coherent positions of their own. Last but not least they raise their awareness for the hidden effectivity of certain emotions to further sharpen the philosophical analysis. 

Not only is grief a multifaceted phenomenon of human life but also a well reflected one. It often appears in connection with death, though not exclusively. This seminar highlights different dimensions and manifestations of grief, bereavement, and mourning through the analysis of selected texts (history of religion, philosophy, psychology) to clarify what "grief" means: What distingiushes grief from sadness et al.? Is it more a cognition or an emotion? Can grief succeed or fail? And how individual or universal is grief?

Joint analysis of philosophical texts; reconstruction and ciritique of arguments; group-discussions with prescribed positions; transfer/application of acquired approaches to concepts of different disciplines 

essays or oral exam 

The texts will range from "classics" (Epikur, Dschuang Dsi) to modern texts (Kierkegaard, Jaspers, Bowlby) and contemporary texts (Fuchs, Goldie, Price). They will be uploaded in advance.

Since some texts will be in English, at least reading comprehension should be given.

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Date Time Location
Fri 2021-10-08
16.00 - 17.00 HS I (Theologie) HS I (Theologie) Barrier-free Vorbesprechung
Fri 2022-01-14
09.00 - 17.00 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Sat 2022-01-15
09.00 - 17.00 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Fri 2022-01-21
09.00 - 17.00 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Sat 2022-01-22
09.00 - 17.00 eLecture - online eLecture - online