The teaching program is designed in accordance with the examination policies for students in all subject areas.

Philosophy is a special subject area offered as part of the bachelor and master programs "Integrative Social Sciences."

Examination-relevant classes are offered with a focus on natural philosophy, epistemology, research history, or ethics for credit in the teacher training program at the "Gymnasium" level as well as for elective courses in nearly all of the natural sciences, technical and business sciences programs.

Lecture cycle on the History of Philosophy

This cyclic course consists of a 4-semester lecture cycle covering the history of philosophy, with special emphasis on the history of science and technology.

Each self-contained block of instruction provides an introduction to the historical thinking of the respective period. The focus is on understanding the problems of the natural sciences against the philosophical-historical background. No prerequisites are required for this course.

The instruction blocks scheduled for each semester are as follows:

  • Antiquity/Late Antiquity
  • Middle Ages/Renaissance
  • Modern prer Kant
  • Modern post Kant

Educational goals

Besides the analytical-scientific methods, the educational goal is to practice conceptual thinking and the hermeneutic development of overall relationships. Skills should be acquired that facilitate consistent reasoning and a systematic and historical arrangement of rational concepts and terms. 

Students should gain an appreciation of the changing nature of theories and world views as well a tolerance for other scientific opinions and the intellectual open-mindedness to enable flexible action suited to the situation. 

Furthermore, ethical criteria for evaluating activities in natural sciences, engineering, and economics ethically will be developed. The course provides a deeper perception of the global dependencies and the fair, sustainable technological use of natural resources.

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