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Logic and/or History of Philosophy

Logic and/or History of Philosophy Logic and/or History of Philosophy
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Interdisciplinary Learning CoursesLogic and/or History of Philosophy

Dare to learn: Discover the keys that philosophy's history offers us in order to think about the present from a critical perspective

We live in troubled times in which we are faced with a multidimensional crisis that calls into question the previous normality. At this critical moment, approaching the classic and contemporary debates of philosophy allows us to equip ourselves with tools to diagnose the present.

In this subject, we will carry out a genealogy of various current problems with the aim of analyzing how we got here from a critical perspective. This attitude requires courage insofar as criticism is a way of relating to what we know and what we do that avoids unthinkingly reproducing our everyday beliefs and practices. If you dare to use your own understanding, without anyone else's direction, you will discover the art of voluntary inservitude.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop a critical attitude.
  • Improve dialectical ability through the logical analysis of arguments.
  • Recognize the importance of philosophy's history in order to think about the present.
  • Understand the foundations and contemporary debates on political philosophy and philosophy of law.
  • Analyze the aspects of reality that most urgently need to be debated in order to understand the current situation.

Contents of the Subject

Logic and/or History of Philosophy

  • 1. Introduction: Thinking about the present from a philosophical perspective
  • 2. What do we call a “crisis”?
  • 3. The ecological crisis and the denial of ecodependence.
  • 4. The fantasy of self-reliance and the crisis of care.
  • 5. The migration and refugee crisis. Human rights or the “right to have rights”.
  • 6. The distinction between the public and private sphere in classical Greece, and the rise of the social aspect in modernity.
  • 7. Sovereign performances. The drama of the wall and the fiction of invulnerability.
  • 8. The immune paradigm.
  • 9. Biopolitics and necropolitics.
  • 10. The political theory of populism and the question of hegemony.
  • 11. The problem of intersectionality.
  • 12. Legality and legitimacy.
  • 13. State sovereignty and popular sovereignty.
  • 14. Law-conservative violence and law-creating violence.
  • 15. Professor Win or convince? Criticisms of the instrumental conception of violence.


Sara Ferreiro Lago Professor of Logic and/or History of Philosophy

Sara Ferreiro Lago