Contemporary Trends in Philosophy

Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary Trends in Philosophy

  • Host University

    Universidade Católica Portuguesa

  • Location

    Lisbon, Portugal

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The syllabus makes a choice between those philosophical trends considered most representative in the last 100 years of the history of philosophy. Four of them deserve special mention for their impact at the time of their origin and for the widespread recognition they still enjoy today: phenomenology, logical positivism and analytic philosophy, Marxism and its variants, and the philosophies of existence. Since it is not possible to exhaust the richness and diversity of the philosophical approaches that characterize these four trends, it was decided to offer an explanation that would allow students to acquire the following skills:

    1. An understanding of the interactions that occurred between these four trends throughout the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries;
    2. Proficiency in the analysis of the most important texts of the four trends concerned;
    3. Acquaintance with the fundamental bibliography that has been published about them, especially from 1960 onwards.

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