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MPI starts Studium Generale course
On Wednesday March 24, the MPI for Psycholinguistics will start a Studium Generale series of lectures about selected topics within the fields of philosophy, history and culture. The series is open to anyone, but especially intended for PhD students of the MPI, the IMPRS for Language Sciences, the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and master students of Cognitive Neuroscience. An intellectual trip along the highways of history.
March 18, 2010
The Studium Generale (a traditional formula for the teaching of general education) is meant as a contribution to the students' knowledge of history and culture by means of a series of lectures on topics taken to be of general interest. The leading principle of the course is the intention to take the participants along the highway of history, stopping here and there for a more detailed look and thus to raise the participants' awareness of the causal factors through large historical developments.
Enrich one's intellectual baggage
'The range of topics is relatively free and open to discussion with the participants', says Pieter Seuren, who organises the course (together with Peter Hagoort and Gunter Senft) and does the bulk of the teaching. 'We intend to include topics such as Around Socrates, Around Aristotle and Alexander, the Roman Empire, the Stoa, the expansion of Islam, the European expansion, the mechanisation of physical theories in physics and in medicine, the mechanisation of psychological theories, the development of literacy, the emergence of standard languages, and the history of democracy. The Selected Chapters from history and general culture to enrich people's intellectual baggage.'
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