Why we rule the world, and how
Voertaal: Engels (Indien er uitsluitend Nederlandstalige deelnemers zijn, wordt de voertaal Nederlands.)
Over het thema: This module is not about political or military leadership. It addresses layers of normativity at a much deeper, metaphysical level.
We ‘rule the world’ as we bend reality to comply with models and norms, with rules and regulations. This is true of human behaviour as it is made to fit in with social practices, but it is also true of services (education, health care), products (DIN, NEN, ISO), persons (IQ, DSM, CITO), animals and plants (cows, corn, GMOs), and many other aspects of social and physical reality.
Implicit & Interpreted
The regiment of norms is sometimes made explicit in rules and regulations (laws, textbooks, grammars), but often remains largely implicit, hardly more than a set of factual practices (fashion, propriety, politeness). For rules to be effective they need to be interpreted in the light of factual circumstances; when factual practice changes, rules need to be revised to accommodate newly emerging norms.
Twilight zone between rule and reality
In this module we will be exploring the twilight zone between rule and reality, between rational norm and brute fact. What are rules, and how do they work? Why do we need rules? Is normativity a good thing? What are the long-term consequences of ruling the world?
Docent: Jan Sleutels. Studeerde Wijsbegeerte in Nijmegen waar hij ook promoveerde op de filosofie van de cognitiewetenschappen. Doceert Metafysica aan de Universiteit Leiden. Zijn recente onderzoek richt zich op de geschiedenis van de geest, in het bijzonder op de rol van communicatietechnologieën (media zoals spraak, schrift, drukpers en internet) bij de inrichting van mentale processen.