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Thinking about the present from a philosophic perspective

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Transversal Subjects Thinking about the present from a philosophic perspective

Dare to learn: Discover the keys that philosophy offers us to think about the present from a critical perspective

Philosophy, a term that in classical Greek referred to the love of wisdom, has been understood in many ways throughout history. In this course, we will focus on a conception of philosophy's task as a critique of the present.

At a time like the present, in which the word "crisis" has become common in our everyday language (when we speak, for example, about a social, health, economic, ecological or migratory crisis), critical thinking is more necessary than ever. The terms "critique" and "crisis" have the same etymological origin, they both come from the Greek verb κρίνειν, meaning to "analyze", "separate" or "decide".

Critical moments are those in which the previous normality is questioned, prompting us to analyze reality and separate the problems we face in order to make a decision.

In this subject, through the analysis of different contemporary crises, we will take an interest in various philosophical debates to acquire tools that will allow us to diagnose the present. If you want to know the genealogy of current problems from a critical perspective, I invite you to think about the present from philosophical point of view.


Learning Goals


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

Subject Contents

Thinking about the present from a philosophic perspective

  • Module 1: Critique and crisis.
  • Module 2: The care crisis and the fantasy of self-sufficiency.
  • Module 3: The ecological crisis and the denial of eco-dependence.
  • Module 4: The migratory crisis and the “right to have rights”.
  • Module 5: The sovereignty crisis and the fiction of invulnerability.
  • Module 6: The crisis of identities and the problem of intersectionality.
  • Module 7: The crisis of representation and populism.
  • Module 8: The crisis of legitimacy and the problem of post-truth.
  • Module 9: Conquer or Convince? Critique of the instrumental conception of violence.
  • Module 10: The social and health crisis and biopolitics.

Professor

Sara Ferreiro Professor of Thinking about the present from a philosophic perspective

Sara Ferreiro Lago