The Department of Philosophy's Five Points
- We are experiencing a "natural catastrophe in slow motion" (Christian Drosten). The department of philosophy hopes that it will soon be able to return to normal operation. All of the department's planning for research and teaching will however be made under the assumption that normal operating conditions won't be possible for the entire summer semester 2020.
- The department of philosophy will plan its events for summer semester 2020 as "presence free" events. The department considers this an emergency solution. Face-to-face contact between teachers and students is one of the essential cornerstones of teaching and learning in philosophy. In the normal operation of the department of philosophy, digital communication can complement but never replace face-to-face teaching and learning
- The department of philosophy wants to offer its students the opportunity to continue their studies over the summer of 2020. In particular, students should be able to attain study credits ("Leistungspunkte") and to complete course examinations and bachelor or master theses. The department will offer courses between 20/4/2020 and 17/7/2020, regardless of whether or not the summer semester is suspended in the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen.
- The teachers in the department will make use of their creativity and energy to enable philosophy students to be successful in their studies even under the current difficult conditions. We will adjust teaching formats and requirements according to the current situation and will be open for creative solutions.
- Summer semester 2020 will be challenging for both teachers and students. The department of philosophy relies on the engagement, initiative and reciprocal solidarity of philosophy students. The department will develop its ideas and plans in close cooperation with its students.
The professors, non-tenured employees, and teachers of the department of philosophy