Philosophy of Culture and Intercultural Dialogue

lfilo1360  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Philosophy of Culture and Intercultural Dialogue
5 credits
30.0 h
Dupuis Michel;
Main themes
  • The relationship between nature and culture
  • The relationship between culture and history
  • The relationship between culture and education
  • The specific and universal dimensions of culture
  • The identity dimensions of culture
  • Cultural relativism, the historical dimension of culture
  • Encountering the other, others, mixing of cultures, cultural translation, intercultural dialogue, hospitality, hostility ' and their theoretical and practical, ethical and societal implications

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


Drawing upon the many possible meanings of culture and interculturalism down through history, the course aims essentially to:

  • give students a complete philosophical overview of the distinction between nature and culture,
  • discuss how humans are defined by the products of their intellect (cultural objects, institutions, etc.),
  • challenge the ethnocentric tendencies of thought by examining to what extent the polyphony of philosophy can be construed as the correlate of the multiplicity of cultures and the different types of relationships between them (encounter, confrontation, conflict, exchange, hybridisation, etc.).


By the end of this course, students will understand how, by taking culture and interculturalism into account, they can better define the notion of humanity and stimulate and enrich the thought process.
1) The distinction between nature and culture
2) Culture used to define humans by the products of their intellect
3) Cultures: their differences and similarities

The work of several of the philosophers listed below will be studied:
- Montaigne, Vico, Rousseau, Montesquieu
- Herder, Humboldt, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche
- Cassirer, Dilthey, Husserl
- Arendt, Todorov, Fornet-Betancourt, Mall, Waldenfels
- Mauss, Levi-Strauss, Descola


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”.
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Online resources
L'ensemble des Notes de cours se trouvent sur le site Moodle. Un ouvrage (F. Jullien, De l'universel, Paris, Seuil Points) doit être travaillé. 
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Bachelor in Philosophy

Minor in Culture and Creation