The course is designed to introduce students to philosophical questioning of the kind used by major thinkers in Western tradition, as well as to the methods behind this questioning, and also to provide answers.
The general introduction will reveal the specific characteristics of the philosophical approach in relation to those of other major subjects (e.g. science, religious discourse, myths, arts).
By looking at various philosophies characteristic of each period (Antiquity, Middle Ages, modern and contemporary periods), each on a comparable scale, the course will introduce students to the great questions in ontology, epistemology, practical philosophy and aesthetics as well as to the basic concepts of these main categories of philosophy.
The course will use excerpts, with commentaries, from important texts.
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At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
By the end of the course, students will be able to explain in a critical way the theses of the main philosophical systems by examining the issues raised and comparing them with each other. They will be able to define and wisely use the philosophical concepts introduced during the course to consider the issues with which the current world confronts philosophy, without losing sight of their particular historical and cultural perspective.
Le monde de Sophie, par Jostein Garrder, Seuil, 2002
La Philosophie pour les nuls par Christian Godin, First, 2007
Initiation à la Philosophie de Roger Caratini, L'Archipel, 2003
Atlas de Philosophie, par Peter Kunzmann, Peter-Franz Buckard et Franz Wiedmann, Pochothèque, 2002
Title of the programme
Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
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Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General