Philosophy of Freedom: Freedom, Nature and Beauty

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Philosophy of Freedom: Freedom, Nature and Beauty

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Philosophy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Period 2+ 3

    Level: 300

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    The student acquires:

    • knowledge of theories on freedom, nature, and beauty
    • understanding the conceptual analysis of freedom, nature, and beauty

    The student acquires:

    • the ability to evaluate conceptions of freedom related to nature, and beauty.

    COURSE CONTENT
    The present course will address the connection between freedom and beauty as articulated by modern philosophers in the eighteenth century. The questions that are at the core of this course include those concerning the nature of freedom and beauty, the meaning of the distinction between free beauty and adherent beauty (Kant), and the definition of beauty as a ‘symbol of morality’, and ‘freedom in appearance’.

    The connection between freedom and beauty outlined in these definitions subsequently leads to the problem of the epistemic and moral functions of beauty: can beauty be conceived as answering the quest for mediating the duality of nature and freedom, which is at the heart of modern philosophy? If so, then what are the cognitive and moral contents of ‘freedom in appearance’?

    TEACHING METHODS
    Lectures.

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    Two midterm papers and one final paper.

    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
    Courses in Philosophy, to the amount of 60 ec.

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