The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Building on what was taught in LFILO 1120, the course starts with the German idealism which marks the beginning of current philosophical thinking by placing it in relation to Kantian critique.
It goes on to cover the different schools of thinking which, from the 19th century, predicted the end of metaphysics: critiques of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Habermas etc.
Finally, it looks at the way in which, in spite of such critiques, 20th century philosophers have suggested perspectives with a strong ontological dimension based on different trends in contemporary thinking e.g. phenomenology and analytical philosophy
At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
By the end of this course, students will be able to tackle the great metaphysical questions on the meaning of existence, being and the absolute etc. in a critical manner (i.e. in a personal, yet informed and structured way) and to demonstrate their legitimacy and relevance for man and the world today. They will also be able to show awareness of the problems raised by metaphysics.
They will have acquired the necessary framework to assess both criticisms of post-Kantian metaphysics as well as contemporary reworkings of ontological issues
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”.