Dirk Oosthoek

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Content of Dutch textbooks in philosophy current in secondary schools
Compiled by Dirk Oosthoek

(1) Textbook: Cogito (2007, Veen publishers)
Author: E.A. le Coultre

Chapter 1 Philosophical Antropology

1 Man is a beast that is able to think

2 Body and Mind

3 Liberty

‘You’re not born as a female, but you’re made a female’. The personal politics of Simone de Beauvoir

‘When a robot falls in love’: interview with Daniel Dennett


Chapter 2 Philosophical Ethics

1 The good life

2 Happiness, duty and virtue

3 Values and rights

4 Individualism

‘In your fragility you can experience the good’: interview with Martha Nussbaum

‘The biological moral’: interview with Frans de Waal


Chapter 3 Social Philosophy

1 The ideal society

2 A just society

3 Power and market

‘Look around in the future: mini course in utopian enbroadening one’s outlook’: essay
by Liesbeth Bakker

‘Punishing is something human’: interview with Britta Böhler

Chapter 4 Theory of knowledge

1 What we know (and do not know)

2 Rationalism and empiricism

3 The boundaries of our knowledge

4 Knowledge in context

5 Belief and truth
‘Thought experiment: brain in a vat

‘Colours don’t exist.’ The bewildering conclusion of John Locke

Chapter 5 Philosophy of Science

1 What is scientific?
2 How science Works

3 Science is everywhere

‘It helps, but does it also take effect’: essay about homeopathy

‘The open minded view’: interview with Jan Hendrik van den Berg

Chapter 6 Aesthetics

1 What is art?

2 Art is imitation

3 Art is expression

4 Art is form

5 Art is symbolic

6 Kant: the aesthetic judgement

‘Soapboxes and beauty’: interview with Arthur Danto

(2) Textbook: The eye in the Storm (2007, Boom publishers)
Author: E. Geerlings

1 How to start: some tools and strategies

2 A brief history

Book 1
Chapter 1 Reasoning and persuading (logic and argumentation)

1.1  Introduction

1.2  Logic

1.3  Persuading: retorics

Chapter 2 Being (metaphysics)
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Drifting away: Plato (ca. 427-347 BC)

2.3 Feet on the ground: Aristotle (ca. 383-322 BC)

2.4 A synthesis between aristotelian philosophy and christian doctrine: Thomas
Aquinas (1225-1274)

2.5 Two realities: Descartes (1596-1650) and Spinoza (1632-1677)

2.6 The undermining of substance and subject: Hume (1711-1776)

2.7 Rehabilitation of the subject: Kant (1724-1804)

2.8 The great reconciler: Hegel (1770-1831)

2.9 Reversed Platonism: Nietzsche (1844-1900)

2.10 Metaphysics as analysis of language: Wittgenstein (1889-1951)

2.11 Seinsvergessenheit: Heidegger (1889-1976)

Chapter 3 Knowledge and knowing (theory of knowledge & philosophy of science)
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Rational knowledge: rationalism
3.3 Empirical knowledge: empiricism
3.4 The dispute been settled
3.5 Meaning
3.6 Truth
3.7 Certainty
3.8 Justified beliefs
3.9 Other sciences: Wilhem Dilthey (1833-1911)

Chapter 4 To Create and Judge (aesthetics)
4.1 Introduction

4.2 Art as imitation: Plato (ca. 427-347 BC)

4.3 The temptation of beauty: Augustine (354-430)

4.4 Beauty and form: Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

4.5 The end of the cult of beauty: Walter Benjamin (1892-1940)

4.6 After the end of art: Arthur Danto (1924-2013)
Book 2

Chapter 5 How to Act (philosophical ethics)

5.1 What do I have to do?

5.2 Ethical positions I

5.3 The dispute about the good

5.4 The disputers: ethical positions II


Chapter 6 Living together (social philosophy)

6.1 Introduction
6.2 Society als a theatre
6.3 The arena of acting: the polis
6.4 Political-philosophical views

6.5 Conclusion

Chapter 7 Assessing (cultural philosophy)

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Happiness as the highest good: Aristotle (384-322 BC)

7.3 Lord and master of nature: Descartes (1596-1650)

7.4 Christian critique of culture: Locke (1632-1704)

7.5 Limits to growth: Rousseau (1712-1778)

7.6 The necessity of history: Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

7.7 Play and culture: Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

7.8 In search for new values: Nietzsche (1844-1900)

7.9 The rise of cultural antropology: Lévi-Strauss (1908-2009)
Chapter 8 Being human (philosophical antropology)

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Driven by Eros: Plato (ca. 427-347 BC)

8.3 Between potency and actualisation: Aristotle (ca. 384-322 BC)

8.4 A thinking thing: Descartes: (1596-1650)

8.5 Dualisme disputed

8.6 Dethroned: Darwin (1809-1882)

8.7 The unfinished beast: Nietzsche (1844-1900)

8.8 No Lord, not even in your own house: Freud (1856-1939)

8.9 Beyond dualism: Heidegger (1889-1976)

8.10 A human being is what he makes of himself: existentialism

8.11 As a visage of sand at the edge of the sea: Foucault (1926-1984)

8.12 Flawed men

(3) Textbook: Learning to Philosophize (2008, Thieme Meulenhoff publishers)
Authors: M. Slagter, S. Slagter, M. Pieterse


Chapter I Philosophical Skills

1 There is more to see

2 Philosophy starts with questioning

3 Definitions, reasoning and fallacies

4 Love for wisdom

Chapter II Philosophical Antropology

Introduction: What is man?

1 Man as a reasonable being

2 Man as a lingual being

3 Body and mind

4 Views on man

5 Be who you are

6 A personal point of view

7 Symposion Philosophical Antropology

8 Philosophical Eleven and Time Table

9 Central concepts and pairs of concepts

Chapter III Philosophical Ethics

Introduction: What is good?

1 The moral good

2 The origins of morality

3 The heart of public morality

4 Kinds of ethics

5 What is the correct moral?

6 A personal point of view

7 Symposion Philosophical Ethics

8 Philosophical Eleven & Time Table


Chapter IV Social Philosophy
Introduction: What is a just society?

1 The origins of a state

2 The state

3 Western society

4 A just society

5 Modern versus postmodern

6 A personal point of view

7 Symposion Social Philosophy

8 Time table

9 Central concepts and pairs of concepts


Chapter V Theory of knowledge

Introduction: What is knowledge
1 Types of knowledge

2 Reliability of knowledge

3 The basis of science

4 Knowledge and belief

5 Knowledge within a frame

6 A personal point of view

7 Symposion Theory of Knowledge

8 Philosophical Eleven and Time Table

9 Central concepts and pairs of concepts


Chapter VI Philosophy of Science

Introduction: What is scientific knowledge?

1 Types of science

2 Sources of scientific knowledge

3 The empirical cycle

4 Progress in science

5 The true, the good and the beauty

6 A personal point of view

7 Symposion Philosophy of Science

8 Philosophical Eleven & Time Table

9 Concepts and pairs of concepts



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