PHNN Contemporary German Philosophy

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. PhDr. Radim Brázda, Dr. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Radim Brázda, Dr.
Department of Philosophy - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Philosophy - Faculty of Arts
Mon 14:00–15:40 A11
Completion of History of philosophy I-VI
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
After the completion of the course the motivated students will be able to:
provide an overview of part of the work of key scholars of German philosophy of 20th and 21st centuries; each selected scholar will be introduced in connection with a key work or a theme representing his or her focus.
Learning outcomes
On the basis of the lectures and their individual studies of primary literature, students should be able to understand and interpret some of the major themes, problems and arguments of selected German philosophers, and gain insight into the ideas of contemporary German philosophy, also utilizing actively the links and other materials in e-learning course. The motivated student will be introduced to a possible delineation of German philosophy (using the examples of V. Hössle a L. Ferry), to the axis of ideas, structure, focus and context of Benjamin´s work "Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction", to the structure and arguments of "Dialectic of Enlightment", to the activity of the Ritter school, and to the key themes in the works of H. Blumenberg and O. Marquard. By means of a probe into the theme of stress and freedom, students will be introduced into P. Sloterdijk´s method of philosophy, by means of the work of H. M. Enzensberger, they will map the overlap between philosophy and literature, and by means of Liessmannˇs theory of ignorance, they will inquire into ideas of the transformation of education since Adorno´s theory of half education until now.
  • 1. How to understand the phrase "German philosophy"? Historical and systematic introduction 2. Walter Benjamin and The Artwork in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction 3.Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno and Dialectic of Enlightenment 4. Joachim Ritter and Ritter School (from the O. Marquard´s perspective) 5. Hans Blumenberg - The Legitimacy of the Modern Age and Metaphorology. 6. Odo Marquard – skepticism, finality, compensation 7. Peter Sloterdijk - freedom, indignation, compensation 8. Hans Magnus Enzensberger – philosophical essays or on the border between literature and philosophy 9. Konrad Paul Liessmann - the philosophy of forbidden knowledge and the theory of ignorance
    required literature
  • ADORNO, Theodor W. and Max HORKHEIMER. Dialektika osvícenství : filosofické fragmenty. Translated by Michael Hauser - Milan Váňa. Vydání první. Praha: Oikoymenh, 2009. 247 stran. ISBN 9788072982677. info
  • ENZENSBERGER, Hans Magnus. Eseje. Translated by Jiří Stromšík. Vyd. 1. Červený Kostelec: Pavel Mervart, 2008. 145 s. ISBN 9788086818771. info
  • LIESSMANN, Konrad Paul. Teorie nevzdělanosti : omyly společnosti vědění. Translated by Jana Zoubková. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2008. 125 s. ISBN 9788020016775. info
  • SLOTERDIJK, Peter. Pravidla pro lidskou ZOO. Přeložil B. Horyna. Aluze : časopis pro literaturu, filosofii a jiné, Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého, 2000, vol. 2000, No 3, p. 70-85. ISSN 1212-5547. info
  • MARQUARD, Odo and Peter SLOTERDIJK. Pluralita, skepse, tonalita. Translated by Břetislav Horyna. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 1998. 84 s. ISBN 8021019328. info
  • BENJAMIN, Walter. Dílo a jeho zdroj. Praha: Odeon, 1979. info
    recommended literature
  • BECK, Ulrich. Riziková společnost : na cestě k jiné moderně. Translated by Otakar Vochoč. Vyd. 1. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2004. 431 s. ISBN 8086429326. info
  • HABERMAS, Jürgen. Strukturální přeměna veřejnosti :zkoumání jedné kategorie občanské společnosti. Translated by Alena Bakešová - Josef Velek. Vyd. 1. Praha: Filosofia, 2000. 418 s. ISBN 80-7007-134-6. info
  • SLOTERDIJK, Peter. Na jedné lodi :pokus o hyperpolitiku. [Olomouc]: Votobia, 1997. 91 s. ISBN 80-7198-151-6. info
  • SLOTERDIJK, Peter. Procitne Evropa? :myšlenky o programu jedné světové velmoci na sklonku věku její politické absence. Translated by Břetislav Horyna. Vyd. 1. Olomouc: Votobia, 1996. 92 s. ISBN 80-7198-095-1. info
Teaching methods
lecture, discussion, written essay
Assessment methods
End of term: oral exam, the essay.
Before the exam itself: written essay - at least 4 pages.
Topic: a student chooses the topic, which will be approved by a tutor before the end of the course.
The essays will involve a proclamation that the author used only sources stated in a list of literature and that neither the essay or its part has been used in order to receive other credits within the study at Masaryk University.
Another important condition for passing the exam is knowledge of compulsory literature.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019.
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