Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2023Year School/Graduate School Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Master's Course) Division of Humanities and Social Sciences Humanities Program
Lecture Code WMBD2001 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 西洋哲学特別演習A
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Special Seminar on Western Philosophy A
ゴトウ ヒロシ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  1Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1T) Fri1-2,Fri5-6:Faculty Office
Lesson Style Seminar Lesson Style
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Reading of the relevant Texts and Discussion 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 6 : Graduate Advanced
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 01 : Philosophy
Eligible Students 1Year and 2Year
Keywords Phenomenology, Value-theory, Virtue Ethics 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
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within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Class Objectives
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Students taking this course will master the methods and skills in Philosophical Aproach to the Themes in Epistemological Value Theory and Virtue Ethics in the following two ways:
1. Reading of Original Texts in the contemporary german philosophy
2.  Critical Reconsideration of secondary materials about selected Topics.

Beginning with the guidance about Phenomenological Value Theory and Virtue Ethics as well as the explanation of the texts students acquire through elaborate reading of elementary texts knowledge about relevant concepts and problems. By making a practice of reading elementary and secondary texts students learn systematically the research methods of Western Philosophy especially from the epistemological and methodological point of view. 
Class Schedule lesson1 Guidance
lesson2 Background of Texts
lesson3 I. Kant, Grundlegung zur Metaphysik der Sitten.
lesson4 I. Kant, Metaphysik der Sitten, Zweiter Teil.
lesson5 F. Brentano, Vom Ursprung sittlicher Erkenntnis.
lesson6 M. Scheler, Der Formalismus in der Ethik und die materiale Wertethik.
lesson7 M. Scheler, Vom Umsturz der Werte.
lesson8 M. Scheler, Neuer Versuch der Grundlegung eines ethischen Personalismus.
lesson9 M. Scheler, Philosophische Weltanschauung.
lesson10 M. Scheler, Wesen und Formen der Sympathie.
lesson11 M. Scheler, Philosophische Weltanschauung.
lesson12 Presentation and Discussion (1)
lesson13 Presentation and Discussion (2)
lesson14 Presentation and Discussion (3)
lesson15 Summary 
Relevant Texts of Epistemology, Value Theory and Virtue Ethics in the Contempolary German Philosophy for example in Phenomenology of  E. Husserl and others 
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Preparation and
Lesson 1: Understand how the class will be conducted and train yourself on how to use the materials learned in class.
Lesson 2-14: To prepare for each discussion by finding your own interpretation through interactive use of primary and secondary literature.
Lesson 15: Review the material research and reading methods so that you can apply what you have learned in the class. 
Grading Method Presentation (50%) and Report (50%) 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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