Checking date: 20/05/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Bachelor in Humanities (Plan: 407 - Estudio: 213)


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

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
History of Philosophy (I and II) Moral Philosophy Logic and argumentation
The course will offer an analysis of classical and contemporary philosophical discussions concerning the meaning of Metaphysics, its character and its relations to social and political dimensions. The course will develop a detailed reading and hermeneutical commentary of classical and contemporary texts, which will contribute to the development of the following competences: 1. Approach to a reflection on metaphysics as a problem. 2. Knowledge of abstract concepts in the classical and contemporary interpretation of the natural, social and personal world, and, specially, those of selfhood, experience, action and truth. 3. Interpretation and understanding of the arguments and reasons (perspectives, styles, theories). 4. Interpretation of those concepts and arguments in different cultural contexts and in the diverse philosophical styles and traditions. 5. Understanding and use of different forms of expression and diverse renderings. 6. Competece achievement in developing arguments and writing reviews by way of writing short papers and essays.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
This course will be developed in two parts. PART I. "Metaphysics as a problem, as a misunderstanding and as a residue". 1. Introductory session 2. Entelechies of power. A reading from book IX (or book ¿[theta]) of Aristotle's Metaphysics 3. Was Thomas Aquinas the secret inventor of the modern self? Modernity as an anti-avian plot. 4. The image and the scheme. The power of the images in the chapter on the schematism of the pure concepts of the understanding, of the Critique of the pure reason from Kant Part II The Transcendentals 1. Genealogies of the Transcendentals as properties of being as being 2. UNUM: Substance, subject, me Persistence and constitution The physical and the mental Causation, determinism and freedom 3. VERUM: Theories of truth. Correspondence theories, coherence Deflationary, pluralistic and pragmatist theories Realism and anti-realism 4. PULCHRUM: The metaphysics of beauty Philosophical conceptions of beauty Objectivity and subjectivity 5. BONUM: Good and good From excellence to obligation The metaphysics of morality
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. .2. 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
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Extraordinary call: regulations
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 may change due academic events or other reasons.