Block lectures given during the first part seminar lectures during the second
Günther Fleck, Ph.D.
Clinical and Health Psychologist
Institute for Human and Social Sciences
National Defence Academy
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Part I. (12 Teaching Units à 45 Minutes)
Tuesday, 25th of Sept.: 13.30-15.00 and 15.30-17.00
Wednesday, 26th of Sept.: 13.30-15.00 and 15.30-17.00
Thursday, 27th of Sept.: 13.30-15.00 and 15.30-17.00
Part II (12 Presentation & Discussion Units à 45 minutes)
Tuesday, 20th of Nov.: 13.30-15.00 and 15.30-17.00
Wednesday, 21st of Nov.: 13.30-15.00 and 15.30-17.00
Thursday, 22nd of Nov.: 13.30-15.00 and 15.30-17.00
Tuesday (Sept. 25, Nov. 20)
13:30-17:00 Déli tömb, 1.711
Wednesday (Sept. 26, Nov. 21) 13:30-17:00 Déli
Thursday (Sept. 27, Nov. 22) 13:30-17:00 Déli
Some basic knowledge in
epistemology and philosophy of science is recommended. The lecture is open for
all (especially for PhD) students who take an interest in the topic.
General Description of the Seminar:
Decision making largely
depends on the cognitive abilities (e.g., intelligence) of the decision maker,
his or her background knowledge and the characteristics of the problems to be
resolved. The ability to create good theories in order to describe and explain
the phenomena and to solve complex problems is acknowledged as central to
scientific thinking. Accordingly, a kind of objectivity and pure rationalism are
attributed to it. But scientific thinking is neither a pure cognitive process
nor does it take place in an empty space. Scientists have adopted various ways
of thinking, have developed basic belief systems about how things are, have made
decisions in regard to a special epistemology, and have demonstrated preferences
for a special philosophy of science and its corresponding scientific methodology
and methods. Additionally, solving complex problems often requires a high level
of creativity and the acceptance of uncertainty. Thus, coping with uncertainty
as an integrative part of decision making has to be taken into account too.
In the first part of the seminar an integrative frame of creativity will
be worked out referring to cognitive science as an interdisciplinary discipline.
In the second part students are invited to prepare related topics at
their own choice for short presentations and discussions. Main goal of the
seminar is to find ways of acquiring new tools for the development and
improvement of one’s own expertise.
Harré, Rom (2002). Cognitive Science. A Philosophical Introduction.
Singer, Irving (2011). Modes of Creativity. Philosophical Perspectives.
Cambridge (MA): MIT Press.
An extended list of literature will be provided at the beginning of the seminar.