Social Philosophy

lcops1311  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Social Philosophy
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
4 credits
30.0 h
Hunyadi Mark;
Main themes
To meet these objectives, the course will deal with the following themes: 1. epistemological issues within the Social Sciences, such as : - what sets the Human Sciences apart from the Natural Sciences (debate to explain and understand) - the debate on individualistic and holistic methodologies (existence of collective entities) - the issue of ethnocentricity - the issue of the relationship between layman's knowledge and expert knowledge 2. Standard issues in the Social Sciences such as: - axiological neutrality and the researcher's involvement in the Social Sciences - the distinction between traditional theory and critical theory - the prescriptive foundations of the great theoretical paradigms of actor-network theory and social action theory (utilitarian tradition, Weberian tradition, Hegelian and Marxist tradition) - the question of the justice 3.the issue of history: evolutionary theories, dialectic theories, Kantian and Fichtian theories

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

1 This course aims to introduce students to: 1. the basic epistemology of the Social Sciences; 2. standard issues in the Social Sciences; 3. the basic paradigms of historical philosophy

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 lectures are completed by readings of texts. A particular attention will be dedicated to the precise analysis of the commented extracts A detailed understanding of texts will be expected from the student.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Minor in Human and Social Sciences

Minor in Philosophy

Minor in Sociology and Anthropology

Bachelor in Political Sciences: General

Certificat universitaire en philosophie (fondements)

Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Bachelor in Philosophy

Certificat universitaire en éthique économique et sociale

Bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology