The two teachers will be present at the first and last of the
fourteen lectures. The remaining twelve lectures will be divided
into two. In the first part, Leo Catana will introduce and discuss
important, contemporary methodological positions pertaining to the
history of philosophy and intellectual history. In addition, he
will use some passages from Plato that address the mind-body
problem, though the emphasis of this first part is on methodology.
In the second part, Sabrina Ebbersmeyer will discuss solutions to
the mind-body problem in early modern philosophy. The reading
includes, among others, works of Descartes, Elisabeth of Bohemia,
Spinoza, Anne Conway and Leibniz. The students are expected to
combine their knowledge about methodology and the mind-body
problem, and key texts from both areas will be on the obligatory
reading list. However, the students are free to choose their
emphasis among the two.