14 / IDEALISM REVISITED


Philosophical Concepts in Contemporary Contexts

28 – 30 September 2018   print this page

Course directors:

Marie-Elise Zovko, Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb, Croatia
Myriam Gerhard , University of Oldenburg, Germany


Course description:

Brief Description of Course or Conference Content:

The course borrows its title from the widely discussed novel “Brideshead Revisited” published in 1945 by English writer Evelyn Waugh. Brideshead, the ancient seat of an aristocratic family, sets the scene for the novel’s theme: society’s changes and challenges within the context of catholic belief. The question the summer course aims to unfold is whether idealism might be considered a “conjuror’s name of such ancient power, that at its mere sound, the phantoms of those haunted last years” will begin “to take flight.” Revisiting the philosophical concepts of idealism in contemporary contexts challenges to grasp the power idealism shows within never ceasing transitions and changes of our world. Colloquially speaking, idealism stands for an optimistic, if not naïve worldview, but as a name, idealism also denotes schools within the history of philosophy such as American, British and German Idealism, or Platonism as a kind of prototype for all forms of idealism. In a stricter systematic approach, it is common to distinguish between an epistemological and ontological idealism. However, despite the varied, seemingly pluralistic use of the term “idealism”, idealism has always served in one specific way, i.e. as a catalyser for our understanding of nature, our world and our standing within it. Even though naturalism and scientific realism have been dominating the twentieth- and twenty-first-century philosophy, there might be more to the concept of idealism than being something that needs to be refuted, or sublated and integrated within naturalism.

Does your programme offer ECTS credits and if yes what are the requirements?

30 min Talk with Discussion for 6 ECTS


Course lecturers:

Nives Delija Treščec, University of Zadar, Croatia
Jure Zovko, University of Zadar/University of Zagreb, Croatia
Renate Kroschel , University of Freiburg, Germany