Introduction to Epistemology

Semester: WS 18/19
Lecturer: wiss. Mitarb. Univ.-Doz. Dr. Mag.phil. Arno Böhler

How can transdisciplinary cooperation of heterogenous research practices can be organized in the future? In order to answer this question we analyzed different concepts of how the relation of the arts, philosophy and the science have been grasped historically and how our understanding of the relation between these disciplines has to change once they are called to collaborate in a transdisciplinary field that allows them to gain knowledge beyond the restriction of each discipline alone.

After having clarified various concepts of cross-disciplinary strategies we explored two projects of arts-based philosophy and arts-based sciences: The SenseLab, led by Erin Manning and Brian Massumi and Performance Philosophy – a growing network of researches engaged in creating transdisciplinary milieus of untimely encounters between philosophy and the arts.


  • Böhler, Arno. Becoming Worldwide. Transdisciplinary Ways of Collaborations in Philosophy and the Arts–A Case Study. New York: Springer Press, 2018.
  • Böhler, Arno. “Staging Philosophy. Toward a Performance of Immanent Expression.” In Encounters in Performance Philosophy, ed. Laura Cull, Alice Lagaay. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  • Damasio, Antonio. Looking for Spinoza. Joy, Sorrow and the Feeling Brain. London: William Heinemann, 2003.
  • Deleuze, Gilles. Spinoza: Practical Philosophy. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1988.
  • Deleuze, Gilles; Guattari Félix. What is Philosophy? New York: Columbia University Press, 1991.
  • Lagaay, Alice. “On Time and Friends. Why Milli Bitterli’s Dance Performance Friedrich Bitterli Moves Me to Tears – Time and Again.” In Philosophy On Stage. Philosophie als künstlerische Forschung, Arno Böhler, Susanne Granzer. Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2018.
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich. On The Genealogy of Morals. New York: Random House, 1989.
  • Spinoza, Baruch de. London: Forgotten Books, 2008.

Individual Project
Format: Paper
Topic: A Combination of Visual Arts and Economics to Gain Awareness and New Perspectives