Advanced Studies in Philosophical Anthropology A

lfilo2180  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Advanced Studies in Philosophical Anthropology A
5 credits
30.0 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2018-2019 !

Frogneux Nathalie;
Some instruction in the history of philosophy, especially an acquaintance with phenomenology, and some acquaintance with philosophical anthropology.
Main themes
The theme of the course changes every year. But every year, anthropological questions will be pursued through the works of major authors of contemporary and modern philosophy, and the course will be concerned with examining how they are interpreted today.

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


Upon successful completion of the course the student should be able to :
- gain comprehensive understanding with regard to a particular problem in philosophical anthropology
- grasp the interdisciplinary aspects of the problem
- relate the data associated with the problem to contemporary scientific developments


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”.
The course focuses on the notion of responsibility, which shall be analysed from a theoretical and a practical perspective. The first section of the course attempts to clarify the various meanings of "responsibility" in the light of a historical-etymological enquiry. The second section focuses on aspects of responsibility endowed with practical (viz. ethical, political, educational) significance, namely:
a) responsibility's interpersonal and intergenerational essence;
b) the feeling of responsibility, its mobilisation, and its connection with free will.
Teaching methods
  • Interactive discussions based on specific readings (see bibliography).
  • Lectures.
Evaluation methods
  • Students are expected to take an active part in class discussions.
  • Moreover, they are expected to focus on a topic related to the Seminar and write a research abstract (either in English or French) to be presented in the last two classes.
  • Finally, they are requested to develop the abstract into a 10/15 pages essay in English or French.
Other information
H. Jonas, The Imperative of Responsibility. In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age (1979), Eng. tr. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1984 [tr. fr. Le principe responsabilité: une éthique pour la civilisation technologique, Cerf, Paris, 1990].
M. Lipman, Thinking in Education, second edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2003 [tr. fr. A l'école de la pensée: enseigner une pensée holistique, De Boeck, Louvain-la-Neuve, 2006].
M. Nussbaum, Not for Profit. Why Democracy Needs the Humanities, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2010 [tr. fr. Les émotions démocratiques: comment former le citoyen du XXIe siècle?, Climats, Paris, 2011].
M. Weber, Politics as Vocation, Hackett, Indianapolis-Cambridge, 2004 [tr. fr. Le métier et la vocation d'homme politique, in Id., Le savant et le politique, Union générale d'éditions, Paris, 1971].
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Master [60] in Philosophy

Master [120] in Philosophy

Master [120] in Sciences of Religions