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Core Academic Program

In all fields of human endeavor and inquiry, efforts have been made to establish objects, principles, and modes of thinking and proceeding that are considered important and legitimate. A multiplicity of debates and struggles shapes the standards and criteria used for judging these artifacts, ideas, and methods. Rather than relying on a traditional “great books” approach or simply on a general humanities curriculum, Bard College Berlin’s specific mission is to explore the basis for the existence of the objects and judgments of value that have shaped our intellectual, cultural, and political and social life. The foundation of the degree program consists of six core courses which provide an overview of intellectual history and of the key texts and debates at the origin of the disciplines of philosophy, literature, art history, economics, and the natural and social sciences. Core courses enable students to consider the interplay between fields and phenomena often treated as separate and distinct—for instance, painting and mathematics, or literary forms and political economy—and to examine the history of philosophy in its widest interactions with the history of science, rhetoric, and the visual arts.

Core Courses

Greek Civilization: Plato’s Republic and Its Interlocutors
examines Plato’s Republic and its significance for thinking about education and the connection between philosophical inquiry and other forms of activity and creation.

Medieval Literature and Culture: Forms of Love
explores a central cultural concept in its often very alien and surprising manifestations in the theology, literature and art of the medieval period.

Renaissance Art and Thought: Renaissance Florence
focuses on one of the central phases of artistic and intellectual development in Europe—concentrating on the city of Florence—and its relationship to global transformations in economy and society.

Early Modern Science
investigates the foundations of modern scientific thought and experiment.

Origins of Political Economy
traces the beginnings of the social sciences and the problems these disciplines were designed to solve.

Modernism: Global Modernisms
The final core course explores the most important movement in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century intellectual and cultural history, focusing on literature and its global connections and innovations.
 

Coordinators 2021-22

Prof. Dr. Tracy Colony

Prof. Dr. Tracy Colony


Philosophy

USA
PhD in Philosophy
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Dr. David Hayes

Dr. David Hayes


Greek Philosophy and Literature

USA
PhD from the Committee on Social Thought
The University of Chicago

 
Dr. Geoff Lehman

Dr. Geoff Lehman


Art History

USA
PhD in Art History
Columbia University
 
Prof. Dr. Laura Scuriatti

Prof. Dr. Laura Scuriatti


Comparative Literature

Italy
PhD in English Literature
University of Reading
Prof. Dr. Boris Vormann

Prof. Dr. Boris Vormann


Politics

Germany
PhD in Political Science 
Freie Universität Berlin
Prof. Dr. Katalin Makkai

Prof. Dr. Katalin Makkai


Philosophy

Hungary/Canada
PhD in Philosophy
Harvard University

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