Contemporary Philosophy Themes


a) To map a Kantian framework in contemporary philosophy;
b) To be acquainted with the main reconstructions of Kantian philosophy within the fields of ethics, politics, and anthropology;
c) To understand how twenty-first Century highly significant issues have been addressed by means of a Kantian framework;
d) To be able to carry out preliminary research work within the framework of a crucial axis in the history of contemporary philosophy;
e) To be able to use Kantian notions and hypotheses in a thorough and constructive way.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

António José Duque da Silva Marques


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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Habermas, J. (2000), “Human Rights: Global and Internal”, in The Inclusion of the Other [1996]. MIT Press, pp. 165-203.
Kleingeld, P. (2019), ‘On Dealing with Kant’s Sexism and Racism’, SGIR Review 2, pp. 3-22.
Korsgaard, C. (2018), Fellow Creatures: Our Obligations to the Other Animals. Oxford University Press.
Louden, R. (2000), Kant’s Impure Ethics. Oxford University Press.
Rawls, J. (1997), O Liberalismo Político [1993]. Editorial Presença.
Scanlon, T.M. (1998), What We Owe to Each Other. Harvard University Press.
Varden, H. (2015), ‘Kant and Women’, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 98, pp. 653-694.

Teaching method

Discussions on previously selected topics and grounded in analysis of the relevant bibliography will be strongly encouraged. The students will be stimulated to present short comments according to their specific interests. A philosophical approach will be necessarily adopted, but links with other fields of the human sciences are also to be considered.
The evaluation method will be based on the quality of the participation of the students as well as on the presentation of a short essay on an agreed topic.

Evaluation method

Evaluation Methodologies - - essay (max. 2.000 words)(70%), - essay presentation and participation in the discussions(30%)

Subject matter

This will be an introduction both to the major reconstructions of Kantian philosophy, namely the ones provided by Rawls, Habermas, and Korsgaard, and to essential reading in the context of a Kantian approach to highly significant topics that bring ethical, political, and anthropological issues up.


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