Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Klassische Deutsche Philosophie

Meisterkurs: 'The Shadow of God' with Michael Rosen

The Meisterkurs:

The Meisterkurs "The Shadow of God" will be held at the Humboldt-Universität from Monday 22 July until Friday 26 July. It will be led by Michael Rosen (Harvard University and HU, Berlin) and J.-P. Sandmann (Harvard University and FU, Berlin). The subject-matter of the course will be Rosen’s 2022 book The Shadow of God: Kant, Hegel and the Passage from Heaven to History (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press). The book is a re-interpretation and contextualization of Classical German Philosophy, focusing particularly on the ideas of history and freedom.


Class Schedule:

Monday 22 July
11:00-13:00 Introduction (TSOG, Ch. 1)
14:30-16:30 History and Theodicy (TSOG, Ch.2)

Tuesday 23 July
11:00-13:00 Kant on Freedom (TSOG, Chs. 3 & 4)

Wednesday 24 July
11:00-13:00 Kant on Morality (TSOG, Ch. 5)
14:30-16:30 From Heaven to History (TSOG, Ch.6)

Thursday 25 July
11:00-13:00 Autonomy and Alienation (TSOG, Ch.7)
14:30-16:30 After Immortality (TSOG, Chs. 8 & 9)

Friday 26 July
11:00-13:00 Final Discussion


Further materials: 


materials about the book


The broader background to the project is explained in Rosen’s interview for 3:16am magazine



All participants are welcome, both students and visitors to Berlin. Those wishing to take the course for credit, however, must make an active contribution to it in the form of a short discussion contribution. The course schedule is posted on the course’s Moodle site.


Whether for credit or not, if interested in taking part in the course, please register in advance with Antonia Augsbach (