Philosophy of Praxis

Course Information
TitleΦιλοσοφία της πράξης / Philosophy of Praxis
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorKonstantinos Kavoulakos
Course ID600019665

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philosophy and Education (2011-today)

Registered students: 89
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6
PhilosophyElected Compulsory DirectionalWinter/Spring-6
PedagogicElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The course aims at familiarizing students with the field of the philosophy of praxis in its connection to the problems of social and political philosophy. Upon completion of the course, students should • Have acquired knowledge of the classic thinkers of the philosophy of praxis and their corresponding views regarding the field of social and political philosophy. • Have acquired knowledge of the discussion on the opposition between subject and object/form and content in modern philosophy. • Have acquired knowledge of the solutions to philosophical problems proposed by the tradition of the philosophy of praxis in the 20th century. • Be able to apply its concepts in the analysis of contemporary problems of society and culture. • Be able to analyze and reconstruct on a general level contemporary phenomena of society and culture, e.g. the phenomenon of reification. • Be able to critically approach and understand these phenomena.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
1) Fundamental themes in the philosophy of praxis: The genesis and development of modern society, the process of rational objectification, the phenomenon of reification in the different social fields: economy, politics, administration, science, and technology. 2) The general concept of culture and the particular problem of alienation its historical and synchronic dimensions. 3) The social process of the production and reproduction of the dominant form of consciousness and culture. 4) The proposal of the philosophy of praxis for overcoming modern dualism, reification, and alienation. 5) Classic representatives of the philosophy of praxis: Lukács, Korsch, Gramsci, Marcuse, et. al. 6) Contemporary issues about the relation between technical civilization and social alienation: The problems of the institutions and practices demanded in a free society.
Philosophy of praxis, reification, alienation, criticism.
Educational Material Types
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Projecting ppt-files during the seminar, using classweb and electronic communication media.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment1094.4
Student Assessment
Two-hours written examination, to consist of three questions covering the breadth of the course, of which two are to be answered (in essay form). Comprehending and answering the questions will require both knowledge and critical thinking.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Κωνσταντίνος Καβουλάκος, Ιστορία και πράξη. Η φιλοσοφία της πράξης του Γκέοργκ Λούκατς, Τόπος, Αθήνα 2018. 2. Γκέοργκ Λούκατς, Η πραγμοποίηση και η συνείδηση του προλεταριάτου, Εκκρεμές, Αθήνα 2006.
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