Cercetare filosofia stiintei programe master

Optional Course
The Scientific Self: body and soul in seventeenth century Europe

Second semester (Feb-June), 2010


Wednesday, 6 P.M.

First course: MARCH 10th, 2010, 6PM

Since our groups of students are different and there are also important differences in the schedule and the number of hours per week, there will be (we hope) interesting differences among the materials studied. To help you follow what your colleagues are doing, the course will have an important on-line component. Course materials, seminar requirements and seminar questions will be posted on the course web-page at Notre Dame
The Scientific Self: body and soul in seventeenth century Europe
and on this page

The course will have a common list of discussions and students are encouraged to post regularly comments and questions regarding the US or the Romanian part of the course. Provisional group address:
Google Groups: The Scientific Self: body and soul in seventeenth century Europe

Some of the lectures will make use of skype as a mean of communication and a professional web-cam so that professors and students from the University of Bucharest and the University of Notre Dame can communicate in real-time. The lectures will be designed so that we can use smart-boards and the slides will be also posted on the web-page.

The students will be required to read from one week to the other a number of texts and parts of relevant texts (approx. 20 pages/week) and are expected to take part on the live and on-line discussions (posting comments on the web-page and exchanging emails with their US colleagues) on the basis of these materials.

The evaluation will have three steps:
1. writing a response paper and establishing a research question
2. writing an abstract/working plan for the final paper
3. writing a final paper
4. presenting the final paper in a final colloquium

The first three students from the Romanian group will be selected to take part in the Princeton-Bucharest seminar in Early Modern Philosophy (taking place in Bran, 1-6 June 2010)

Previous requirements

1. good command of English (reading, writing, speaking abilities)
2. Students are expected to have read before entering the course:
Descartes, Discourse on method
Descartes, Meditations
Bacon, New Atlantis (Francis Bacon, Noua Atlantida, ed. Nemira 2007, introducere si comentariu Dana Jalobeanu)
John Gribbin, The Fellowship

Mid-term requirements

Ian Pears, An instance of the fingerpost(Cercul crucii, Nemira, 2008

Optional: Neal Stephenson, The Quicksilver, (the first volume of the Baroque Trilogy)

Enrollment (Bucharest)

This is an optional course (6 credits) open to graduates and undergraduates. Minimal requirement: at least one semester in the University of Bucharest. The course will take place every Wednesday from 6-8 pm at the Faculty of Philosophy.

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