2019 Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences36:Philosophy

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Kokubun Koichiro 
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Course description and aims

Since the last decade of the 19th century, psychoanalysis exerted so strong influence on philosophy that understanding of mental disorders and disabilities has been essential for understanding of philosophy. What must be noted on this subject is that different mental disorder or disability matters in different times: in the second half of the 20th century, it was no longer neurosis, but schizophrenia that drew attention of psychoanalysis and psychiatry.
In this course, by reviewing the relation between psychoanalysis / psychiatry and philosophy from 19th century to 21st century, we scrutinize what mental disorder or disability matters in today’s society and why it matters.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to have an understanding of the history of the relationship between philosophy and psychoanalysis / psychiatry. By learning the cutting edge of the philosophical problems discussed in mental disability studies, students will be able to look at today’s society with a critical eye. Students can also acquire presentation and discussion skills.


autism, developmental disability, neurosis, schizophrenia, psychoanalysis, Freud, Lacan, Deleuze.

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The class will be conducted in a lecture format. At every session, handout will be provided.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction: neurosis, schizophrenia and autism--reviewing 19th, 20th and 21st centuries mental disorder and disability. Understanding the question of the course.
Class 2 Problems of autism (ADS): its basic knowledge. reading assignment and personal or group presentation.
Class 3 Problems of autism (ADS): Pain and Self. reading assignment and personal or group presentation.
Class 4 Problems of autism (ADS): Autism and Phenomenology. reading assignment and personal or group presentation.
Class 5 Problems of autism (ADS): Autism and Psychoanalysis. reading assignment and personal or group presentation.
Class 6 Lecture by an invited instructor. reading assignment and duscussion with the invited instructor.
Class 7 Problems of autism (ADS): New Social Exclusion. reading assignment and personal or group presentation.
Class 8 Problems of autism (ADS): Reviewing the course. reading assignment and discussion.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Presentation (50%) and midterm commentary paper.

Related courses

  • LAH.H101 : Philosophy A
  • LAH.H201 : Philosophy B
  • LAH.H301 : Philosophy C

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students must be capable of discussing in Japanese.

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