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Anthropology and Culture

Code 10949
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Cultura
Entry requirements Not applicable.
Mode of delivery Face to face.
Work placements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes This curricular unit aims to introduce the student to the in-depth reflection on the intersection of Anthropology and Culture. The course will focus on a phylogenetic perspective, on some basic concepts and a perspective of its practical and historical materializations. The course will be eminently theoretical-practical, with blocks of theoretical exposition, with units of practical reading of excerpts of classic texts on the advanced subjects, as well as reading comments and the respective promotion of the capacity for reflection, argumentation and debate of the about the topics proposed in class.
Syllabus Part I_What is Man?

1. The question for man;
2. Phylogeny of a theory of difference;
3. Naturalism and Humanism: singularity theory and continuity theory;
4. The present future: post-humanism? Utopias and dystopias;

Part II_A Human Culture from the Anthropological Point of View

1. World culture:
1.1. Art, Myth and Religion;
1.2. Ethics, Morals, History and Science;
1.3. Politics: the anthropological and cultural foundations of human organization;
2. Conclusions:
2.1. The human condition: the interest that interests in acting;
2.2. Freedom of, freedom for, freedom in; tolerate the intolerable?
2.3. Who was / is / will be my next?
2.4. The human condition; Responsibility: To the end? The problem of death and loneliness;
2.5. Paradoxical Happiness: the fundamentals of hyperconsumption; globalization, deglobalization and emptying of Freedom;
Main Bibliography - Arendt, H. (2001) A Condição Humana. Lisboa, Portugal: Relógio d’Água;
- Fukuyama, F. (1992) O Fim da História. Lisboa, Portugal: Círculo de Leitores;
- Fukuyama, F. (2012) The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution. NY, USA: Profile Books;
- Heidegger, M. (2002) Caminhos de Floresta. Lisboa, Portugal: FCG;
- Kant, I. (2008) A Paz Perpétua e Outros Ópusculos. Lisboa, Portugal: Ed. 70;
- Kant, I. (2014) Fundamentação da Metafísica dos Costumes. Lisboa, Portugal: Ed.70;
- Lipovetsky, G. (2010) A Felicidade Paradoxal. Lisboa, Portugal: Ed. 70;
- Nietzsche, F. (2000) Para a Genealogia da Moral. Lisboa, Portugal: Relógio d’Água;
- Nietzsche, F. (1998), A Gaia Ciência. Lisboa, Portugal: Relógio d’Água;
- Nozick, R. (2009) Anarquia, Estado e Utopia. Lisboa, Portugal: Ed. 70;
- Rawls, J. (1997) O Liberalismo Político. Lisboa. Portugal: Presença;
- Scanlon, T. (1999) What we owe to each other. Harvard, USA: Harvard University Press;
- Taylor, C. (1992) Sources of the Self. Harvard, USA: Harvard University Press;
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria 1. Critical summary of a class - 50% of the final grade; about the sessions to date. It will take place on May 26, 2020.
2. Delivery of a work project: first version until April 21, 2020; delivery of a second version of the work project until May 5, 2020; worth 10% of the final grade;
3. Final semester work - 40% of the final grade. The delivery should take place on May 26, 2020.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2020-07-05

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