UHVD3220 History of Notions: Semantics of Use and Abuse

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Winter 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Hana Komárková, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Hana Komárková, Ph.D.
Institute of Historical Sciences - Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
! UHVD3049 Philosophy of History I.
for master students
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The use of historical terms, such as Truth, freedom, language or communication are an important issue for each historian. Often this importance is forgotten, eventhough it belongs among the most interesting aspects of historiography. Historical terms do not only reflect the individual aproach of each and every historian, but depict also the intelectual tendencies of their time. Sometiemes, they are so overloaded with layers of different significants, that they can't barely be used without limitation. The main goal of the seminar is to unveil the semantic layers of a few chosen terms and analyse the differencies in their use. An special emphasis will be laid on their misuse by the differnt ideologies inn the 20th century.
Learning outcomes
Studnet will be able to describe factors influencing utilization of historical terms. Student will gain basic information concerning sociological and anthropological theories influencing historiography.
  • 1. Historical Terminology
  • 2. "Die Geschichte der Begriffe und Begriffe der Geschichte" (Reinhart Koselleck)
  • 3. Metahistory
  • 4. "The History of Notions and Ideas in the Works of Emanuel Rádl" (Roman Pazderský)
  • 5. "The Civilizing Process" of Norbert Elias
  • 6. Nation and Nationality
  • 7. Collective Memory
  • 8. "Sex, Gender and Society" by Ann Oakley
  • 9. Communication, Discourse and Modern Approaches
  • 10. Modernity, Postmodernity, Historiography
  • 11. Historical Semantics 12. Final Presentation of Student's Works
    recommended literature
  • Nodl, M. Dějepisectví mezi vědou a politikou. Úvahy o historiografii 19. a 20. století. Brno 2007. info
  • Storchová, L. a kol. Koncepty a dějiny. Proměny pojmů v současné historické vědě. Praha, 2014. ISBN 978-80-87271-87-2. info
  • Otto Gerhard Oexle. ?Begriffsgeschichte? ? eine noch nicht begriffene Geschichte in: Philisophisches Jahrbuch 116 (2009), S. 381-400. 2009. info
  • Storchová, L. - Horský, J. a kol. Paralely, průsečíky, mimoběžky. Teorie, koncepty a pojmy v české a světové historiografii 20. století. Ústí nad Labem, 2009. ISBN 978-80-86971-92-6. info
  • Victor Klemperer. LTI (Lingua tertii imperii) Notizbuch eines Philologen. Stuttgart, 2007. info
  • Michel Foucault. Dohlížet a trestat. Kniha o zrodu vězení. Praha, 2000. info
  • Shulamit Volkov et. Al. (Hg.). Zur Sozial- und Begriffsgeschichte des Mittelalters. Gerlingen, 1993. info
  • Ludwik Fleck. Entstehung und Entwicklung einer wissenschaftlichen Tatsache. Einführung in die Lehre vom Denkstil und Denkkollektiv. Frankfurt a. M., 1980. info
  • Reinhart Koselleck. Begriffsgeschichte und Sozialgeschichte, in: Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 16 (1973), S. 116-131. 1973. info
  • Otto Brunner, Werner Conze, Reinhart Koselleck. Geschichtliche Grundbegriffe: Historisches Lexikon zur politisch-sozialen Sprache in Deutschland. Stuttgart, 1972. info
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussion, homework
Assessment methods
seminar paper/essay on selected topic, active participation in lectures/seminars
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2014, Winter 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017, Winter 2018, Winter 2019, Winter 2020, Winter 2021, Winter 2022.
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