Core Philosophy Texts: Close Reading

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and University of Twente invite PhD candidates and Research Master students in philosophy to register for the course Core Philosophy Texts: Close Reading to take place in the 3rd quartile of 2024.

Organizing university

University of Twente


13.02 (Thursday) 14:00-15:30. 27.02 (Thursday) 14:00-15:30 and 15:45-16:15 06.03 (Thursday) 14:00-15:30 and 15:45-16:15 13.03 (Thursday) 14:00-15:30 and 15:45-16:15 21.03 (Friday) 14:00-15:30 and 15:45-16:15


University of Utrecht, Drift 13, room 2.05

Type of activity


Primary target group

PhD candidates, 1st / 2nd year ReMa student

If places available, also open to


Application/registration deadline

The deadline for registration is two weeks before the course starts.

About the topic

It is becoming increasingly rare that philosophy students get a chance to read an original source book in its entirety. This—paired with general reduction of reading load at the universities—Increases the risk of misinterpretations and poor quality of philosophical output, lack of bigger picture for understanding reasons and context of claims and arguments, and the lack of certain professional skills such as analysing and interpreting complex and extensive argumentation.

Aim / objective

This course aims at helping students to develop essential philosophy reading skills. The course helps students develop and practice a set of reading skills such that allows for a creative and comprehensive interpretation of the text, following the structure of complex, extensive and possibly scattered arguments, and their critical evaluation. During the course, students read one book; the

texts are selected from theoretical or practical philosophy and change every year. Books suggestions are welcome—but we cannot guarantee that your favourite will be selected for the upcoming year.


The course consists of a series of weekly reading sessions, with a reading assignment in between. There will be a reading assignment for the first session as well.


Dina Babushkina (Dr Phil, Dr Soc Sc)

Required preparations

Readings, active participation in discussions, a final essay

Last updated November 29, 2023.

Certificate / credit points

For this course participants can earn a certificate after successful completion. Please note, however, that the OZSW is not accredited to reward students with credits/ECTS directly. The study load is mentioned on the certificate, which can usually be exchanged for ‘real’ credits (ECTS) at your home university.

The study load for this activity is: 5EC.


free for OZSW members; 300 EUR for non-member

Registration/application form

If registration has been closed because the maximum amount of participants has been reached, you can submit your name to the waiting list by sending an email to Please also indicate whether you are a ReMa student or PhD candidate and whether you are a member of the OZSW or not.

Cancellation and registration policy


Dina Babushkina, University of Twente (assistant professor),