Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
9201145012014Understanding the Modernity IElective118
Level of Course Unit
Second Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The aim of this course is to make clear the roots and critics of the modernity with reference the concepts of nature, knowledge and subject.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Nilgün Toker Kılınç
Learning Outcomes
1Understanding the basic concepts and problems of modernity
2Recognizing the founders of modern philosophy
3Comprehending modern political thought
4Understanding "Enlightenment" thought
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
PRACTICES 1) Short papers: * One short paper on each thinker (which makes a total of six papers). The papers should focus on the arguments that will be discussed in class and should consist of 400-500 words. * The papers will be sent by e-mail on the day before the relative subject class (until 5 pm Wednesday). If a paper is not duly handed in, a much longer paper consisting of 1500 words will be required the following week as compensation. * Students should have read the other students' papers before coming to the class. 2) Long essay: * 4000-5000 words on a subject of your preference. Due date: 12.01.2015 3) Attendance: * %100 attendance is obligatory.
Course Contents
In this course, historical and philosophical dynamics of the period that is called as modernity will be introduced within the scope of the concepts of nature and subject.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
2Descartes: "Meditations on First Philosophy"The paper on Descartes will be handed in
3Hobbes: "Leviathan"The paper on Hobbes will be handed in
4Rousseau: "Discourse on the Arts and Sciences"The paper on Rousseau will be handed in
5Rousseau: "Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men"
6Rousseau: "The Social Contract"
7Kant: "An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment?"The paper on Kant will be handed in
8Kant: "Idea for a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Purpose"
10Kant (Allen Wood, "Kant")
11Kant: "What is Orientation in Thinking?"
12Hegel: "Phenomenology of Spirit"The paper on Hegel will be handed in
13Hegel: [Habermas, "The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity" (23-44)]
14Nietzsche: "Beyond Good And Evil"The paper on Nietzsche will be handed in
15Nietzsche: "On the Genealogy of Morality"
16Final exam
Recommended or Required Reading
René Descartes: Metafizik Düşünceler •Meditations on First Philosophy, trans. Michael Moriarty (Oxford University Press, 2008) •Meditasyonlar, çev. İsmet Birkan (Bilgesu Yay., 2007) •Metafizik Üzerine Düşünceler, çev. Çiğdem Dürüşken (Kabalcı Yay., 2000) Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan (Kitap I, Bölüm 4) •Leviathan, ed. J. C. A. Gaskin (Oxford University Press, 1996) •Leviathan, çev. Semih Lim (YKY, 1993) Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Bilimler ve Sanatlar, Eşitsizliğin Kökeni, Toplum Sözleşmesi (Kitap I-II) •Basic Political Writings, trans. Donald Cress (Hackett, 1987) •Bilimler ve Sanatlar Üstüne Söylev, çev. Sabahattin Eyüboğlu (İş Bankası Yay., 2007) •İnsanlar Arasındaki Eşitsizliğin Kaynağı, çev. Rasih Nuri İleri (Say Yay., ?) •İnsanlar Arasında Eşitsizliğin Kökeni, çev. Aziz Yardımlı (İdea Yay., 2011) •Toplumsal Sözleşme, çev. Cenap Karakaya (İletişim Yay, 2014) •Toplum Sözleşmesi, çev. Vedat Günyol (İş Bankası Yay., 2006) Immanuel Kant: “Aydınlanma Nedir?”, “Dünya Yurttaşlığı Amacına Yönelik Genel Bir Tarih Düşüncesi”, “What is Orientation in Thinking?” •Political Writings, ed. Hans Reiss, trans. H. B. Nisbet (Cambridge University Press, 1991) •“Aydınlanma Nedir?”, çev. Nejat Bozkurt, Yazko Felsefe Yazıları 6 (1983): 139-148 •“Dünya Yurttaşlığı Amacına Yönelik Genel Bir Tarih Düşüncesi”, çev. Uluğ Nutku, Yazko Felsefe Yazıları 4 (1982): 117-129 G. W. F. Hegel: Tinin Fenomenolojisi (Önsöz) •Phenomenology of Spirit, trans. A. V. Miller (Oxford University Press, 1977) •Tinin Görüngübilimi, çev. Aziz Yardımlı (İdea Yay., 2010) Friedrich Nietzsche: İyinin ve Kötünün Ötesinde, Ahlakın Soykütüğü •Beyond Good and Evil, trans. Judith Norman (Cambridge University Press, 2002) •On the Genealogy of Morality, ed. Keith Ansell-Pearson, trans. Carol Diethe (Cambridge University Press, 2006) •İyinin ve Kötünün Ötesinde, çev. Ahmet İnam (Say Yay., 2003) •Ahlakın Soykütüğü Üstüne, çev. Ahmet İnam (Say Yay., 2010) •Ahlakın Soykütüğü, çev. Zeynep Alangoya (Kabalcı Yay., 2011) Allen Wood, Kant (Blackwell, 2005) / Kant, çev. Aliye Kovanlıkaya (Dost Kitabevi Yay., 2009) Jürgen Habermas, The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity, trans. Frederick Lawrence (Polity Press, 1990), 23-44
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Language of Instruction
Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination133
Final Examination133
Attending Lectures14228
Writing Paper11010
Self Study16348
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
LO15 44    
LO25 44    
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
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