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Philosophy of History and the Politics of Interpretation – Winter School VU Amsterdam

9 January 2023 - 20 January 2023

Winter School at VU Amsterdam
Language: English
Duration: 5 days
Credits: 3 ECTS

This course discusses the politics of historical interpretation from the point of view of philosophy of history.

Philosophers of history from Hegel to Ankersmit and White have argued that history is closely connected to politics. One reason is that history is concerned with events that affect the socio-political order in which we live. Another is that any interpretation of the past affects the way we understand our present and, possibly, the sort of future we should strive for. Memorials and remembrance days, too, have political functions. 

The call for reparation and restitution for past injustices also makes evident the close connection between history and politics. Finally, history is political in the sense that appealing to the authority of one interpretation of the past over the other is a form of exercising influence, and hence, a form of politics.

Course Overview

  • Course days: 9-20 January 2023
  • Attendance: online
  • Course level: Master’s, PhD candidates, and professionals from all disciplines
  • Course curriculum: read more about the course curriculum
  • Coordinating lecturer: Dr. Chiel van den Akker
  • Other lecturers: Dr. Rik Peters (RUG), Dr. Jacques Bos (UvA)
  • Forms of tuition: online, plenary sessions and active small-group sessions
  • Language of tuition: English
  • Forms of assessment: group presentation
  • Credits: 3 ECTS
  • Contact hours: 28 hours
  • Tuition fee: read all information about our fees, discounts and scholarships 

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9 January 2023
20 January 2023
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VU Amsterdam