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Seminar on Ethics and Phenomenology II

Code 13034
Year 2
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 7
Workload OT(5H)/S(40H)
Scientific area Philosophy
Entry requirements n.a.
Mode of delivery face-to-face.
Work placements none.
Learning outcomes At the end of this Seminar, students should be able to:

Module I
- Know the complexity of the origins of Hans Jonas' thinking;
- Understand the various dimensions of Hans Jonas' thinking, with special focus on the question of the imperative [of] responsibility;
- Be able to argue and critically reflect on the main subjects of Hans Jonas.

II Module
- Familiarize doctoral students with an ethical approach to ecological issues understood in a broad sense;
- Introduce Felix Guattari's ecological thinking within the framework of his philosophy.
- Sophisticate the philosophical and informed argument about the topics covered in the module.
Syllabus Module I
1. Introduction to Hans Jonas: the problems of ancient ethics in the face of the challenges of the present;
2. Operational concepts in Hans Jonas: the phenomenon Life (being and should be), mortality and morality; nature and technology; power and the imperative [of] responsibility;
3. An ethics for an Age of Technology: the archetype of a new Ethics and the question of the heuristic of fear;
4. Criticism: the value of life and the question of anthropocentrism in Hans Jonas.

Module II
1. Introduction: overview of the ethical approach to ecological issues.
2. Felix Guattari's proposal to distinguish three ecologies, their relationships and their framing in the author's philosophical thought.
3. The proposal for an integral ecology and comparison with Guattari's work and framing the debates around ecological ethics.
4. Conclusion: critical debate about limits, shortcomings, developments from reading and philosophical and informed discussion.
Main Bibliography Módulo I
- Jonas, H. (1985). The Imperative of Responsibility: In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age. University of Chicago Press.
- Jonas, H., Jonas, E., & Vogel, L. (2001). The Phenomenon of Life: Toward a Philosophical Biology (Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy) (1st ed.). Northwestern University Press.
- Jonas, H., & Vogel, L. (1996). Mortality and Morality: A Search for Good After Auschwitz (Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy) (1st ed.). Northwestern University Press.
- Jonas, H. (2001). The Gnostic Religion: The Message of the Alien God and the Beginnings of Christianity (3rd ed.). Beacon Press.

Módulo II
- Guattari, F. (1989). Trois Écologies. Paris, Éditions Galilée.
- Deleuze, G. & Guattari, F. (1980). Mille Plateaux. Paris, Éditions de Minuit.
- Francisco (2015). Carta encíclica Laudato Si' - sobre o cuidado da Casa Comum. Vaticano, Tipografia Vaticano.


Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-06-20

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