Conceptualize the key concepts of modernity as well as their contemporary evolution
Discern the major role played by technoscientific rationality in our contemporary comprehension of social and personal worlds
Discern, by way of analysis of representative philosophical, literary and film works, the complex connections between the objective understanding of the world and its subjective apprehension
Approach contemporary culture in acts of critical appropriation encompassing strategies of conceptual and axiological understanding
Contextualize phenomena of contemporary culture in a diachronic, dynamic perspective
Weekly - 2
Total - 70
For students who are at least in their second year of university studies.
Giddens, Anthony. O Mundo na Era da Globalização [Runaway World]. (2002).
Gedeão, António. RTX-78/24. (1963)
Kafka, Franz. A Metamorfose. (1999)
Kant, Immanuel. "What is Enlightenment?" (1784)
Multi-media resources: podcasts, documentaires, films, and other relevant sites.
Analysis of representative sites of our technico-scientific modernity, readings of excerpts of essays and/or literary works, the viewing of (excerpts of) films pertinent to the representation of modernity, debates on concepts and themes relating to contemporary culture, the elaboration of written essays and an oral presentation.
1. Weekly debates: analysis of sites, readings of excerpts of essays and/or excerpts of literary works before and during classes, the viewing of films pertinent to the representation of modernity, debates on concepts and themes relating to contemporary culture in accordance with the central themes of the Program throughout the semestre.
2. The preparation of a Thinker''''''''s Travelogue based on selected topics discussed throughout the semestre. Students are asked to write brief reflections on these and/or related topics of their choosing in the context of the contemporary world.
3. The preparation of an oral presentation with power point or in essay form.
Please speak directly with the teacher of this seminar.
Contemporary culture and western modenrity
Technico-scientific progress and ethical challenges
Technico-scientific knowledge-creation and the persistence of evil
The digital dissolution of boundaries and political, economic, and cultural globalization and the resurgence of fundamentalisms
The transformation of time-space perception vis-a-vis inherited cultural forms
The struggle for the recognition of individual rights and western modernity as emancipatory process of the subject
The natural body and its bio-technological reinvention