Seminar on pratical philosophy

lfilo2920  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminar on pratical philosophy
5 credits
30.0 h
Gosseries Axel; Lesch Walter coordinator;
Main themes
The seminar will deal with a topic in the area of practical philosophy to be determined by its members, in relation to research projects they are working on. Attendance at meetings of the seminar and active participation in discussions is strongly encouraged. Professors and other researchers from the UCL interested in the topic, as well as other specialists on the topic from outside the UCL, may participate in the seminar.

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


Upon completion of the seminar the student should be able to :
- Handle a particular research topic in the area of practical philosophy (ethics, political philosophy, social philosophy), basing work on a critical analysis of major works and texts by authors that deal with the topic in question, and on contributions presented within the framework of the seminar ;
- Write a scientific paper on a precisely delimited research topic that is germane to the topic of the seminar ;
- Participate actively in cooperative research on practical philosophy, especially through discussion of contributions made within the framework of the seminar.


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”.
Topics in the theories of justice
We will begin with an introduction to the analytical method in political philosophy and to philosophical theories of justice. We will look into three specific topics this year : (1) the role of anti-discrimination policy from the perspective of a theory of justice (2 classes), (2) the notion of predistribution in a theory of distributive justice (4 classes given by Prof. R. Merrill), and (3) the role played by the notion of harm in a theory of justice (3 classes).
Teaching methods
Students should master basic notions in practical philosophy. The purpose of this seminar will be to go deeper into some specific concepts.
Teaching in French. A passive knowledge of English is required since several compulsory readings will be in English.
Evaluation methods
The assessment will take into account the student's participation in class. It will focus on one or two short papers to be written by the students.
Other information
Attendance is compulsory, given that this seminar will rely on the active participation of students.
Please pay attention to the fact that the course schedule will change from week to week, due to the fact thatwe will host Prof. Merrill as part of an Erasmus exchange.
Online resources
Les lectures seront fournies aux étudiants via Moodle, à la suite d'une discussion ayant lieu au cours de la première séance. Ces lectures consisteront en un maximum de 10 articles/chapitres.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Philosophy

Master [120] in Ethics