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Methodology in the History of Philosophy

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This summer school will offer an overview of different approaches to the study of the history of philosophy, and reflect on the methodological challenges in history of philosophy. The summer school will also discuss the application of digital humanities approaches to the history of philosophy. Participants will be encouraged to reflect upon their own practices of interpretation, develop a more thought-through method to approach philosophical texts of the past, and learn about exciting new approaches to studying the history of philosophy.

During the keynote sessions, there will be lectures by established scholars. Some of these lectures will deal with the issue of methodology directly, while others will do so by means of a case study of recent research.

Also, there will be short presentations by participants, as well as workshops and round table discussions. Participants who wish to present may either present a short paper on methodology or a case study of their own research.

The summer school will be held entirely online. However, we strive to make the experience of this summer school as close as possible to one taking place in person. The summer school aims to foster interactions between philosophers at different stages of their career, as well as between philosophers working in different fields.

Practical information

Dates & location 5 - 9 July 2021, online
Level (Research) Master, PhDs and Postdocs

Master students: € 25
PhDs and Postdocs: € 50

Academic coordinators Dr. Andrea Sangiacomo, Faculty of Philosophy
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This summer school is designed for historians of philosophy interested in engaging with the methodological problems and techniques in their field. This also includes digital humanities researchers specialized in translation studies and historical networks.
It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.


Confirmed speakers:

  • Kobus Marais (UFS South Africa)
  • Delphine Antoine-Mahut (ENS Lyon)
  • Christia Mercer (Columbia University)
  • Charles Pence (UCLouvain)
  • Martin Lenz (University of Groningen)
  • Laura Georgescu (University of Groningen)
  • Jan-Willem Romeijn (University of Groningen)
  • Jan van Ophuijsen (University of Utrecht)

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  1. Understand the role of minor figures in contemporary historiography of philosophy
  2. See how network analysis can be used to study historical phenomena
  3. Know possible uses of digital humanities for history of philosophy
  4. Have awareness of the problems of the philosophical canon

The workload is estimated at 40 hours:

  • Preparation: 4 hours
  • Lectures: 28 hours
  • Presentation: 8 hours

Participants who attend all sessions and who present a research proposal or paper on Friday will receive a certificate of participation signed by the coordinators of the summer school. Upon request the certificate can mention the workload of 40 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Application procedure

To apply, kindly fill out the online application form. Please note that you will be asked to upload:

  • Short CV
  • If applying to present: Abstract of max 300 words
  • If applying to only attend: Brief statement of motivation ( max. 300 words), stating why you want to join this summer school, what you will bring to the school and what you hope to learn.

The deadline for presenters is 14 March 2021. Selection will take place before 20 March.

The deadline for attending only is 1 June 2021. Selection will take place on a rolling basis. Limited places available.

If you have any questions or inquires of any kind please contact us at summerschoolphilosophy .

We would like to point out that by submitting a paper or attending the summer school, you commit yourself to the following code of conduct: We seek a harassment-free conference climate for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression; age; sexual orientation; disability; physical appearance; body size; race; ethnicity; religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate any discrimination, or harassment of conference participants in any form.

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This summer school is partly made possible by support of the European Research Council.

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