Metodologias em Filosofia


1. The seminar aims to share individual methodological experiences in philosophical research.
2. Another central aim consists in the progressive definition of a final work, which will be discussed at the end of the course.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

João de Deus Santos Sàágua


Weekly - 2

Total - 280

Teaching language



Not applicable


- Anthony B. Atkinson, Inequality What can be done?, Harvard: Harvard University Press
- John Rawls, Uma Teoria da Justiça, Lisboa: Editorial Presença, 2001, 3ª edição
- John Rawls, Political Liberalism, New York: Columbia University Press, 1995
- Harry G. Frankfurt, Inequality, Princeton & Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2015
- Samuel Freeman, Juatice and Social Contract Essays on Rawlsian Political Philosophy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007
- Thomas Nagel, Equality and Partiality, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991

Teaching method

Two main activities are developed in the course. During the first hour, there is an explanation of theoretical contents that will be followed by the presentation of questions by the students and a wide debate on the previously presented issues. In the second part of the class, there will be room for reading, interpretation and analysis of the texts on which the presented contents were based.
In class teaching.

Evaluation method

Participation in the seminar and evaluation of a paper presented in the class(100%)

Subject matter

This course aims to reconstruct the methodologies that are at work in the philosophical research. This process will be examplyfied with a problem in political and philosophy: will equality have an intrinsic moral and political value or are there legitim forms of moral and political inequality? The proposed methodology tries to identify conceptual networks, which shape the problem, and to increase the knowledge about relevant texts and authors even in other disciplines. So characterized the research work aims to formulate a final stage of the problem solving with the formulation of a thesis. Work in seminar gives to each one of the participants the opportunity to carry out, in the mentioned methodological framework, his/ her own individual research project