Essential Philosophy for Global Leaders[19S1013]

Course Title
Essential Philosophy for Global Leaders[19S1013]
Essential Philosophy for Global Leaders
科目区分・科目種 共通科目(前期課程) クラス 博士課程共通
CCBM   キャリアデザイン  
単位数 2.0単位 履修年次 13

担当教員 山本ラヴェナー ロクサナ
学期 後期
火曜 7 8 人間文化研究科棟408室


Recommended readings:
Plato. (any edition). The Republic
Schopenhauer, A. 1966. The World as Will and Representation

発表=Final presentation (written or oral): 50% of course grade,授業への参加態度=Class participation: 50% of course grade

Key themes:
- Historical and contemporary relevance of philosophy
- Integrating philosophy in other fields
- Philosopher’s public role
- To recognize philosophy as scientifically meaningful and socially useful
- To counterbalance the old and new in our understanding of philosophy
- To reflect on the general and technical roles of philosophy
- To integrate philosophy in your discipline
- To educe personal philosophy and leadership

Each lecture will begin with a brief introduction on the scheduled topic, followed by discussions in relation to the topic.

Course 1. A primer to Essential Philosophy (Ph.) (October 1st 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Introduction to the course
- (Discussion) Students’ expectations of the course

Course 2. The object of Ph. (October 8th 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Identifying the knowledge that can be attained through Ph. alone
- (Discussion) Is Ph. a science or an art?

Course 3. The essential function of Ph. (October 15th 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Exploring the need for inquiry
- (Discussion) Why should we study or practice Ph.?

Course 4. Outlook on the world (October 29th 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)åç
- Analysing various perceptions and knwoledge base in which they are grounded
- (Discussion) Does the world need to change or not?

Course 5. Common beliefs (November 5th 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Questioning common beliefs and their foundations
- (Discussion) Why do people believe they will one day disappear from the world?

Course 6. Common practices (November 12th 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Questioning common practices and their motives
- (Discussion) Why are 2.41 billion people active on Facebook?

Course 7. Critical thinking (November 19th 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Focusing on the conscious activity of the mind
- (Discussion) When is it right to squander time?

Course 8. Abstract thinking (November 26th 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Reflecting on the metaphysics of time
- (Discussion) Is there time?

Course 9. Reality and Virtual Reality (December 3rd 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Natural vs. synthetic environment
- (Discussion) What are your plural identities?

Course 10. The science of questions (December 10th 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Emphasising on the importance and difficulty of posing good questions
- (Discussion) Can people live happily together?

Course 11. Ultimate meaning of our actions (December 17th 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Understanding our motives
- (Discussion) What is the motive for studying?

Course 12. Ultimate justification of our actions (December 24th 2019, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Asserting the value of our actions
- (Discussion) What is the anticipated good which justifies the efforts invested in studying?

Course 13. The Socratic seminar (January 7th 2020, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Students take turns and lead the debate based on a text from Jonathon Free's book "Making Philosophy Obsolete: Popular
Science's Battle for the Public Mind"
- (Discussions) Can we do away with philosophy?

Course 14 and 15: Final Presentations and Q&A (January 14th and 21st 2020, Tuesday, 15:00 - 16:30)
- Oral presentations of your own philosophic work (written or not)

Apart from the time students will invest in their final presentation, this course requires no learning time outside the classroom. Students are encouraged to dedicate as little/much time outside the class as they deem necessary to fulfil their personal philosophy-related aims.

Welcome to Essential PHILOSOPHY!
This course is designed to equip students with skills that are essential to intellectual thought. Non-philosophic audiences, from fishermen to astrophysicists, struggle with cruxes that philosophers in a particular canonical field work on. Philosophic insights are inseparable from human existence and its applications are numerous, whether in design, programming, communications, toxicology, policy etc.
Classes will consist of short and clear lectures combined with discussions and lively debates.
This course will be conducted in the simplest possible English.