Ontology Themes


Acquire increased proficiency in:
a) understanding the meaning and specificity of Ontology as a major component of philosophical tradition and a current field of research;
b) understanding why Ontology is the sought after science (zêtoumenê epistêmê);
c) understanding the interlinking between Ontology and the other branches of philosophy;
d) understanding the interlinking between Ontology and the various branches of science;
e) understanding the various approaches that have been taken in trying to provide an answer to ontological questions and to reach the zêtoumenê êpistemê;
f) understanding that the zêtoumenê epistêmê may perhaps remain out of reach;
g) understanding the most important ontological concepts;
h) understanding, comparing and using these concepts critically and independently;


General characterization





Responsible teacher

António Jorge de Castro Caeiro


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



Not applicable


Santo Agostinho, Confissões; Platão, Fédon; Heidegger, Sein und Zeit.

Teaching method

It's a practical translation seminar, so that it requires the active participation of each participant

Evaluation method

Evaluation Methodologies - Evaluation is ongoing(20%), Two exams (in the middel and at the end of the Semester) (40% each)(80%)

Subject matter

Reading, morphological and syntactical analysis, translation and commentary on Greek, Latin and German texts from the ontological tradition: Plato's Phaedo, Saint Augustine's Confessions (Book X), Heidegger's Being and Time.


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