CPT-93803 Christian Philosophy


Studiepunten 3.00

Literature study
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. H Jochemsen
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. H Jochemsen
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. H Jochemsen

Language of instruction:



In this course a number of main currents of philosophical approaches to the world and to life will be presented and brought into a dialogue with reformational philosophy as represented by this chair. For the presentation of those 'world philosophies' the following book will be used: 'Wereldfilosofie. Wijsgerig denken in verschillende culturen' edited by Hans van Rappard and Michiel Leezenberg.
In this time of globalisation people from different cultures meet on a scale as never before in history. Hence the ways of life and thinking of different people influence one another extensively. Getting to know the approach to reality of other people is important to understand one another and to be able to communicate well and cooperate. Interaction and cooperation between peoples is crucial in these times of global crises. Meeting and interacting with people from other ways of life and philosophical and religious traditions can also entail asking one another critical questions. Clearly identifying shared values as well as fundamental differences are important in defining issues and forms for cooperation. But differences should, as a rule, not be a reason for not entering in a respectful dialogue.
In this course the various 'world philosophies' will be presented on one lecture evening on the basis of the book mentioned above, followed the week after by a discussion of that philosophy in the light of reformational philosophy. The philosophies to be discussed are: Islamic, African, Indian and Chinese and possibly European antique philosophy.

Learning outcomes:

After succesfully following this course the students have acquired:
- knowledge and insight into central elements of Christian reformational philosophy;
- knowledge and insight into central elements of some major 'world philosophie';
- a capacity to critical reflection on those philosophies in their mutual confrontation;
- insight into the way in which philosophical concepts and views are related to the way in which people act and societies are organised.


During contact hours lectures will be given about the main thoughts of the chapters of the study book for this course. Students are expected to read those chapters beforehand. During contact hours students will discuss in small ad hoc groups the content of the presentation and be involved in the dialogue between the different philosophies (tutorial).


Students can get the credits for this course by passing an exam in one of the following ways:
- the oral exam will be a discussion with the examiner on the contents of the lectures, including the hand outs and prescribed literature;
- either book review or essay on topic related to the course and using the contents of the course writing an ethical essay on a topic relate to the contents of the this course; e.g. summarizing and discussing a book chapter. This essay should at least contain 1200 words and explicitly draw on the contents of the course.


Obligatory: Hans van Rappard en Michiel Leezenberg (red.) Wereldfilosofie. Wijsgerig denken in verschillende culturen. Bert Bakker, 2010; Recommended: R van Woudenberg. Gelovend denken. Dl. 1. Amsterdam: Buijten en Schipperheijn.