Checking date: 26/04/2017

Course: 2019/2020

Study: Bachelor in Humanities (213)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Humanities: Philosophy, Language, Literature Theory

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
History of Philosophy (I and II) Current trends in philosophy Moral Philosophy Logic and argumentation
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
The course will offer an analysis of classical and contemporary philosophical discussions concerning the meaning of philosophy, its character and its relations to social and political dimensiones. The course will develop a detailed reading and hermeneutical commentary of Hannah Arendt's The Life of the Mind. Arendt's philosophy will be presented and the main focus of attention. Competences: 1. Knowledge of abstract concepts in the contemporary interpretation of the natural, social and personal world, and, specially, those of selfhood, experience, action and truth. 2. Interpretation and understanding of the arguments and reasons (perspectives, styles, theories) that sustain 1. 3. Interpretation of 1 and 2 in different cultural contexts and in the diverse philosophical styles and traditions. 4. Understanding and use of different forms of expression and diverse renderings through which competences 1-3 are achieved. 5. Competece achievement in developing arguments and writing reviews by way of writing short papers and essays.
Description of contents: programme
I. Arendt in context: Philosophy, history and politics II. The project of The Life of the Mind III. What is thinking? Theoretical life IV. What is Willing? The principle of action V. Judgement: the bases of action in the political realm.
Learning activities and methodology
1. 3 credits assigned to the presentation of the contents of the program by way of lectures. 2. 3 credits assigned to the discussion in class of the syllabus. 3. Activity 1 is backed by materials and guides to be accessed via Aula Global. 4. The students are required to write two essays on the topics assigned and following the instructions.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Basic Bibliography
  • Arendt, H. . The Life of the Mind, Nueva York, 1978. Harcourt Brace & co.. 1978
  • Arendt, H. . Responsibility and Judgment, . Random House, . 2003
  • Arendt, H. . Lectures on Kant's Political Philosophy, . University of Chicago Press, . 1982
  • Arendt, H. . The Human Condition, . University Press, Chicago,. 1958
  • Young-Bruehl, Elisabeth. Hannah Arendt. For Love of the World. . Yale University Press, . 1982

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.