(in Polish) Philosophy and Social Sciences 3501-PSS20-S
The course is devoted to philosophical reading and discussion of classical (and some less canonical) texts in anthropology, history and sociology which have strongly influenced philosophy or carry a considerable philosophical content on their own. We will also try to address the question about the present relations binding philosophy and social sciences.
Social sciences, like all other sciences, have constituted their own realm by divorcing philosophy and orienting their research towards the empirical world. Yet philosophical questions continuously re-emerge within this research. Even if the vast majority of contemporary social sciences humbly recognises its own cognitive limits and predominantly descriptive character they still encounter problems of purely theoretical or epistemological nature. We will examine, from philosophical perspective, some fundamental terms and notions organising social scientific research and knowledge such as society, community, agent and actor, event, long lasting, public and private, individuality, class, autonomy, power and legitimacy, capital and social bond, modernisation and historicity. Our research will favour multidisciplinary approach.
This year our main focus will be questions concerning meaning of history.
Type of course
Student knows and understands the formative process of social sciences, recognises major founding works of social sciences and appreciates their significance; correctly identifies the main currents and stakes of philosophical debate over social science
Student is capable of developing his/her own interpretations of the latter and identifies and understands ideological use and abuse of social sciences.
Student has the appreciation for plurality of perspectives; ability of collective work.
Presentations and active participation in reflexion and discussion. In case of student willing to improve proposed grade a paper (up to 2000 words) after prior consulation.
Permissible number of absences: 2 in a semester
M. Mazower Salonica, City of Ghosts:
R. Hilberg, The destruction of the European Jews
R. Kosseleck, The Practice of Conceptual History: Timing History, Spacing Concepts
M. Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts
F. Braudel, The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II
P. Veyne, Writing History: Essay on Epistemology
A. Desrosieres, The Politics of Large Numbers: A History of Statistical Reasoning.
H. White, Metahistory
P. Bourdieu, On the State
W. Benjamin, Angel of History
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