Introduction to Philosophy

lfial1190  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Introduction to Philosophy
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
45.0 h
Q1
Teacher(s)
Language
French
Main themes
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.
 
Aims

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 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. 
 

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Bibliography
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
Faculty or entity


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Bachelier en philosophie

Bachelier en langues et lettres anciennes et modernes

Bachelier en histoire

Bachelier en sciences philosophique, politique et économique

Bachelier en histoire de l'art et archéologie, orientation générale

Bachelier en langues et lettres anciennes, orientation classiques

Bachelier en langues et lettres françaises et romanes, orientation générale

Bachelier en langues et lettres anciennes, orientation orientales

Bachelier en langues et lettres modernes, orientation germaniques

Bachelier en sciences religieuses

Bachelier en histoire de l'art et archéologie, orientation musicologie

Bachelier en langues et lettres modernes, orientation générale