Michael Hagner: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2019

Name Prof. Dr. Michael Hagner
Professur für Wissenschaftsforsch.
ETH Zürich, RZ G 6
Clausiusstrasse 59
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 40 50
Fax+41 44 632 15 61
DepartmentHumanities, Social and Political Sciences
RelationshipFull Professor

851-0157-31LScience in the 20th Century3 credits2VM. Hagner
AbstractThese lectures covers the extraordinary expansion and significance of science in the 20th century, with examples taken from the natural and engineering sciences as well as the humanities.
ObjectiveNo one will seriously question the great significance that science and technology was beginning to have in the 20th century, pertaining to almost every aspect of life. Treating among others on the examples of genetics, space travel, pharmacology, cybernetics and psychoanalysis, these lectures demonstrate how scientific departures such as these were embedded within broader historical contexts. These lectures aim to develop an understanding of the historical circumstances within which these various disciplines developed and accrued significance.
851-0158-14LLife -- A Critical Instruction Manual3 credits2SM. Hagner
AbstractThis seminar is devoted to the new book of the French physician and anthropologist Didier Fassin. Taking up some topics, Fassin discusses in his book,we will examine various forms and politics of life in early 21st century.
ObjectiveSince Greek antiquity, the concept of life oscillates between the fact of general life, which accords to all living beings (zoe), and the fact of particular life, which accords to an invididual or a defined group (bios). In our times, the democratically granted appreciation for life as the highest good seems to be in conflict with an erosion of the commitment to protect individual lifes in existential danger. By all means, this is Didier Fassin's diagnosis in his new book. Starting from a discussion of this book, this seminar breaks new ground, because the participants decide which of the topics of Fassin's book we will further treat in this course. Thios experimental procedure will work, if all attendees are willing to read the book with passion and scrutiny. The aim of the seminar is to acquire an overview over one of the most pressing topics of our time.
862-0088-04LResearch Colloquium Science Studies (FS 2019) Restricted registration - show details
For master students only with a personal invitation.
2 credits1KM. Hagner
AbstractThis colloquium is devoted to the introduction into the theory and practice of scientific work.
ObjectiveThis colloquium is devoted to the introduction into the theory and practice of scientific work.
Prerequisites / NoticeLectures mey be held either in English or German. Students receive 2 credit points for submitting a brief, written commentary on one of the presented topics (approx. 5 pages).