Course Schedule


The Philosophical Foundations of Social Theory (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Emre Ebetürk

wöchentlich | Montag | 12:15 - 13:45 | 17.10.2022 - 03.02.2023 | C 12.015 | .

Inhalt: As a part of the module “Foundations of Cultural and Social Theory,” this seminar explores the philosophical foundations of social theory. Several classical texts that will be carefully examined throughout the semester offer different perspectives concerning what it means to be a member of society and how and why we (ought to) live together. This will bring in further questions and concepts closely connected with the nature of politics and freedom. In the light of classical texts of social and political philosophy, we will discuss forms of intersubjectivity, including personal conduct, family, civil society, and political body. This will help us think about the conditions of justice and freedom on a more fundamental level. The classical texts will provide us with certain grounds and criteria with reference to which we can critically assess their inferences and conclusions. While dealing with these texts we will be reflecting on the relation of social and political philosophy with beliefs, culture and social customs, laws, and opinions.

The Sociological Foundations of Cultural Theories (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Anthony Waters

wöchentlich | Donnerstag | 10:15 - 11:45 | 17.10.2022 - 03.02.2023 | C 7.320 | .

Inhalt: This module introduces how sociologists have come to answer the question “what is society?” and by extension “what is culture?” there will be an introduction about how such ideas about culture emerged from Hobbes, Locke, Wollstonecraft, etc. and the historical materialists like Marx and Engels. This will be followed by a more intense time spent on Max Weber’s ideas regarding the origins of culture and meaning, followed by descriptions of American pragmatism, and post-structuralists/dialecticians. We will conclude with contemporary views regarding language and spheres of communicative actin (e.g. Luhmann and Habermas), and views from Mexico, Thailand, Nigeria, etc.