20th-Century Philosophy

20th-Century Philosophy

01 November 2016

19:30-21:30

20th-Century Philosophy
Intellectual Heroes and Key Themes I

René Gabriëls, PhD
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UM

Tues 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 Nov – 7.30 to 9.30 pm
Karl Dittrich Hall, Student Services Centre, Bonnefantenstraat 2

The 20th century was one of the most significant and exciting periods ever witnessed in philosophy, characterised by intellectual change in a challenging context. These lectures present a colourful picture of the intellectual heroes and key themes of 20th-century philosophy. The central ideas of five philosophers will be introduced: Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Dewey, Rorty and Adorno. References to these philosophers are made in a discussion on themes like art, moral dilemmas, language, world disclosure, politics, literature, social pathologies and being-towards-death.
Although it is impossible to focus on every philosophical detail, the lectures cover the main movements of philosophy over the last hundred years: existentialism, analytical philosophy, pragmatism, neo-pragmatism and critical theory. These movements will be woven together in a narrative history that accounts for the influence of arts, science and politics. The lectures prove that the world’s oldest intellectual stone will keep on rolling.

The individual lectures:
1. Wittgenstein (1 Nov)
2. Heidegger (8 Nov)
3. Dewey (15 Nov)
4. Rorty (22 Nov)
5. Adorno (29 Nov)

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  1. Wittgenstein (1 Nov)

08 November 2016

19:30-21:30
  1. Heidegger (8 Nov)

15 November 2016

19:30-21:30
  1. Dewey (15 Nov)

22 November 2016

19:30-21:30
  1. Rorty (22 Nov)

29 November 2016

19:30-21:30
  1. Adorno (29 Nov)