Introduction to Philosophy

lfial1190  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Introduction to 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.
5 credits
45.0 h
Counet Jean-Michel;
Main themes
The course is designed to introduce students to philosophical questioning of the kind used by major thinkers in Western tradition, as well as to the methods behind this questioning, and also to provide answers.  
The general introduction will reveal the specific characteristics of the philosophical approach in relation to those of other major subjects (e.g. science, religious discourse, myths, arts).
By looking at various philosophies characteristic of each period (Antiquity, Middle Ages, modern and contemporary periods), each on a comparable scale, the course will introduce students to the great questions in ontology, epistemology, practical philosophy and aesthetics as well as to the basic concepts of these main categories of philosophy. 
The course will use excerpts, with commentaries, from important texts.

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

1 By the end of the course, students will  be able to explain in a critical way the theses of the main philosophical systems by examining the issues raised and comparing them with each other. They will be able to define and wisely use the philosophical concepts introduced during the course to consider the issues with which the current world confronts philosophy, without losing sight of their particular historical and cultural perspective. 

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”.
Le monde de Sophie, par Jostein Garrder, Seuil, 2002
La Philosophie pour les nuls par Christian Godin, First, 2007
Initiation à la Philosophie de Roger Caratini, L'Archipel, 2003
Atlas de Philosophie, par Peter Kunzmann, Peter-Franz Buckard et Franz Wiedmann, Pochothèque, 2002
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
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Bachelor in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

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Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

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Bachelor in religious studies

Bachelor in Philosophy

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