Contemporary Philosophy Themes


a) Comprehensive identification of fundamental issues in contemporary
philosophical thought.
b) To contextualize those issues diachronically and synchronically.
c) To improve critical and analytical capabilities through the study of relevant
contemporary philosophical texts.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Nuno Vieira da Rosa e Ferro


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



Not applicable


1. On Melancholy
BURTON, R. (2000). Anatomy of Melancholy (1628). New York: New York Review Books.
DANDREY, P. (ed.) (2005). Anthologie de l´Humeur Noir. Paris: Le Promeneur (Gallimard).
HERSANT, Y. (ed.), (2005), Mélancolies. Paris: Laffont.
KLIBANSKY, R., SAXL, F., PANOFSKY, E. (1964). Saturn and Melancholy, London: Nelson.
PIGEAUD, J. (ed.). (2006). Aristote. L´Homme de Génie et la Mélancolie. Paris: Payot & Rivage.
PIGEAUD, J. (2008). Melancholia. Paris: Payot.
RADDEN, J. (ed.). (2000). The Nature of Melancholy. From Aristotle to Kristeva, Oxford: OUP.

2. On Boredom
GOODSTEIN, E. (2005) Boredom and Modernity, Standford, Standford U. Press
SPACKS, P., (1995) Boredom, Chicago, Uni. os Chicago Press
GARAVENTA, (1997) La Noia, Roma, Bulzoni
PEZZE, B., SALZANI, C. (eds.) (2009), Essays on Boredom and Modernity, New York, Rodopi.

Teaching method

Course of theoretical-practical character. The methodology used combines a theoretical examination of questions and the interpretation of texts. Analysis and commenting on the texts in question.

Evaluation method

Written Test(66%), a written work to be discussed with the lecturer(34%)

Subject matter

1. Ontology and fundamental mood: Heidegger´s point of view in "Sein und Zeit" and "Die Grundbegriffe der Metaphysik. Welt - Endlichkeit - Einsamkeit". The relation of this problem with the Problemata XXX, I, of Pseudo-Aristotle. "Melancholy" as a genus.
2. The seminal text of the Introduction of Kierkegaard´s "The Concept of Anxiety". Mood and concept; mood and ontology.
3. Melancholy as a principal fundamental mood. Study of melancholy since the corpus hippocraticum to the post-modern understanding.
4. Melancholy and boredom: differences and similarities. "The worst of all" and the "Livro do Desassossego". Forms of boredom.
5. Irony and mood – irony and freedom. Romanticism and irony (Schlegel and Solger). Hegel's critique os romantic irony. Socratic Irony, romantic irony and post-modern irony.
6. Fundamental mood and the meaning of "nothing".


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