Students become familiar with some ongoing developments in the History
of Philosophy, Practical Philosophy, and Theoretical Philosophy.
After this course, students will be able to locate these developments
against a broader historical background and relate them to developments
in other academic disciplines and/or subfields of philosophy. They will
also have refined their research and presentation skills.
History of Philosophy. On the one hand, the themes and thinkers studied
by historiographers of philosophy tend to follow ongoing developments in
practical and theoretical philosophy, as well as in other academic
disciplines. On the other hand, trends in ongoing debates tend to emerge
from the rediscovery or revaluation of past thinkers. We will illustrate
these two directions using the history of philosophy of science.
Practical Philosophy. Recent moral and political philosophy has focused
on the ways in which persons can be disadvantaged or wronged by economic
systems that lack malicious intent commonly associated with wrongdoing.
We will examine the relationship between disadvantage, injustice, and
moral responsibility by focusing especially on the phenomenon of
Theoretical Philosophy. Recent epistemology has seen the rise of virtue
epistemology: the idea that acquiring and possessing knowledge
essentially involves intellectual virtues. However, recent findings from
cognitive and social psychology suggest that people are hardly, if ever,
intellectually virtuous because they suffer from various kinds of
cognitive biases. We will study a number of papers that seek to explore
This course is directly related to the department's research. Students
will become acquainted with the practice of philosophical research and
publishing in progress by reading a number of forthcoming papers or
chapters and interacting with their authors.
Seminar. Student participation: presentation of topics, close reading of
papers, and group discussions.
Active participation (10%), presentation (10%) and three essays (80%)
Recent and forthcoming journal articles and book chapters, among others
by researchers of the department, concerning ongoing debates in academic
Philosophy BA1, BA2 periods 1-2
This course is obligatory in the second year. Attendance is compulsory.