Week 3 Seminar Synopsis and Reading List: Animality

For this week of our interdisciplinary seminar on the philosophy of social science we discuss the topic of animality. To this end we present the following three texts: Paul Ricœur, article on “Ontology” (Razvan Amironesei) In this article Ricœur provides an overview of the concept of ontology, from a thematic and historical perspective. On a…

Week 2 Seminar Synopsis and Reading List: Subjectivity

For the second week of our interdisciplinary seminar on the philosophy of social science we discuss the topic of subjectivity. We present the following three texts: René Descartes’s Meditations I-II, Charles Taylor on Descartes’ disengaged reason, and Nikolas Rose, a contemporary sociologist, who discusses the assemblage of the modern subject. René Descartes, Meditations I-II (Caleb…

Week 1 Seminar Synopsis and Reading List: Introduction

This week we introduce the key concepts for the seminar: politics, ethics, and ontology, and more generally the question of the relationship between philosophy and social science. To do so, we present on the following three texts: Hans Joas, Social Theory, chapter 1, “What is Theory?” (Ike Sharpless) This reading investigates the relationship between social…