Autumn Semester 2020 takes place in a mixed form of online and classroom teaching.
Please read the published information on the individual courses carefully.

Michael Hampe: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2020

Name Prof. Dr. Michael Hampe
FieldPhilosophie
Address
Professur für Philosophie
ETH Zürich, CLW C 2
Clausiusstrasse 49
8092 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
Telephone+41 44 632 30 40
Fax+41 44 632 15 61
E-mailhampe@phil.gess.ethz.ch
DepartmentHumanities, Social and Political Sciences
RelationshipFull Professor

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
851-0004-00LErrors, Deception, Lies and Similar Phenomenons3 credits2VM. Hampe, H. Fischer-Tiné, D. Gugerli, M. Hagner, A. Kilcher, R. Wagner, U. J. Wenzel
AbstractErrors, deceptions and lies are phenomena, which are part of science, its application and interpretation. This lecture-course of the lecturers of Knowledge-section of DGESS discusses these phenomena in different scientific disciplines, and different times and in different political contexts.
ObjectiveAcquiring knowledge about the structure and history of epistemic blunders in different scientific disciplines.
ContentErrors, deceptions and lies are phenomena, which are part of science, its application and interpretation. This lecture-course of the lecturers of the Knowledge-section of DGESS discusses these phenomena in different scientific disciplines, and different times and in different political contexts.
851-0147-01LTheories, Experiments, Causality
Does not take place this semester.
Particularly suitable for students of D-PHYS
3 credits2GR. Wallny, M. Hampe
AbstractThis course critically evaluates topics and approaches from physics against a broader historical and philosophical/systematic background. Attention will be paid, amongst other things, to the role of experiments, to the concepts of matter and field, and to theory formation.
ObjectiveStudents should be able to critically evaluate different topics and approaches in physics. They should also be enabled to communicate their insights to people from other disciplines and fields.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course is part of the ETH "Critical Thinking" initiative.
851-0148-00LIntroduction to Philosophy: Prophets, Judges, Fools, and Healers
Does not take place this semester.
3 credits2VM. Hampe
AbstractThis lecture gives an overview of forms of philosophizing for students of the natural sciences and engineering. It is at the same time an introduction to philosophy for beginners of this subjects.
ObjectiveStudents of the natural sciences and technology will be given an overview of the different forms of philosophizing. Beginners of this subject will receive a general introduction to philosophy. In order to acquire credit points, a critical summary of one lesson of choice must be submitted (about 5-7 pages).
ContentPhilosophy is done in different forms: as a diagnosis of a time, from which one can develop a prognosis, as an evaluation of action and thinking, and as a commentary of a spectator, who detects contradictions and and tries to give a therapy to human acting and thinking. By looking at texts from Plato, Kant, Morus, Nietzsche, Carnap, Wittgenstein and others the course will give an introduction into philosophical thinking in general.
Lecture notesDas Skript der Vorlesung ist unter der folgenden internetadresse zu finden: www.phil.ethz.ch/fileadmin/phil/files/SkriptEinfuehrung.pdf
LiteratureMichael Hampe, Propheten, Richter, Ärzte, Narren: Eine Typologie von Philosophen und Intellektuellen, in: Martin Carrier und Johannes Roggenhofer (Hg.) Wandel oder Niedergang? Die Rolle der Intellekturelln in der Wissengesellschaft, Tranbscript Verlag, Münster 2007
Prerequisites / NoticeCredits are given for a critical summary of about six pages of one of the lectures. There will be a titorial to support the writing of this summary.
851-0160-00LTexts About Wisdom Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 30.
3 credits2SM. Hampe
AbstractThis seminar investigates texts that claim to be able to change the readers way of life in a decisive way, e.g. from the stoic tradition (Epictetus, Seneca), the enlightenment (Spinoza), and from the 19th century (Kierkegaard, Marx)
ObjectiveAcquiring of fundamental knowledge about the European literature on wisdom.
ContentThis seminar investigates texts that claim to be able to change the readers way of life in a decisive way, e.g. from the stoic tradition (Epictetus, Seneca), the enlightenment (Spinoza), and from the 19th century (Kierkegaard, Marx)
851-0161-00LThe Quarrel about Human Nature3 credits2VM. Hampe
AbstractThis lecture-course gives an overview over the quarrel about how "human nature" is to be determined -- a quarrel that started long before the establishment of empirical research into humans by human-biology, psychology, sociology and cultural anthropology dominated many debates in European philosophy.
ObjectiveAcquiring critical knowledge of the history of the concept of "human nature", especially of its ideological and political misuse.
ContentDie Vorlesung gibt einen Überblick über die Geschichte des Streites um die Bestimmung der so genannten "Natur des Menschen", de lange vor der Etablierung der Erfahrungswissenschaften, die den Menschen erforschen wie Humanbiologie, Psychologie, Soziologie, Ethnologie usw. die abendländische Philosophie bestimmt hat. Seit den 90er Jahren des letzten Jahrhunderts wird die Verwendung dieses Begriffs zunehmend kritisiert. Feststellungen, was der rein spekulativ bestimmten Natur des Menschen vermeintlich entspricht oder widerspricht, haben immer wieder zur Legitimation von normativen Setzungen gedient. Die Vorlesung verfolgt die Geschichte dieses Konzepts von der antiken Metaphysik über die Philosophie der Aufklärung im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert bis hin zu den Streitigkeiten zwischen der Philosophie, der Biologie, der Psychologie und Soziologie, die seit dem 19. Jahrhundert im Gange sind.
862-0004-10LResearch Colloquium Philosophy for Master Students and PhD (FS 2020) Restricted registration - show details
For MAGPW and PhD students of D-GESS only.
Personal registration required to Prof. Wingert.
2 credits1KL. Wingert, M. Hampe, R. Wagner
AbstractPh.D. students, post docs, members of staff, and senior colleagues from other philosophy departments will report on their work in progress. Furthermore, promissing new philosophical articles and parts of new philosophical books will be studied.
ObjectiveIdeas and arguments dealing with systematic problems especially in epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of mind will be scrutinized and elaborated.