Objectivity in the Humanities

New School for Social Research: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Objectivity in the Humanities

Fall 2021

Taught By: Paul Kottman

Section: A

CRN: 11844

Credits: 0

This seminar will revisit our paradigms concerning objectivity in the humanities. To many, it seems as if the humanities provide us at best with less-than-objective knowledge claims. Arguably, there are at least two overall reasons for this. On the one hand, there is a tendency to associate objectivity with the kind of knowledge-acquisition, explanation, and justification characteristic of the natural sciences. On the other hand, the humanities themselves have contributed to the impression that they might be less relevant than the natural sciences to epistemic progress, due to internal discussions about the very concept(s) of knowledge, reality and objectivity. In order to reshape our account of the human being as the source and object of knowledge claims, our seminar will test the following thesis against a variety of objections: we cannot eliminate from our account of reality as such the standpoint from which humans grasp both human and non-human reality.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Philosophy (GPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 6

Add/Drop Deadline: October 24, 2021 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: October 29, 2021 (Friday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:01am 1/24/2022 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Times: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1001

Date Range: 10/25/2021 - 10/29/2021