Contemporary Philosophy

Course Information
TitleΣΥΓΧΡΟΝΗ ΦΙΛΟΣΟΦΙΑ / Contemporary Philosophy
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorKonstantinos Kavoulakos
Course ID280009361

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

Registered students: 5
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreCompulsory CourseWinter/Spring-5

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
- Will have become familiar with the general directions of the main 20th century philosophical currents (phenomenology/existentialism, analytic philosophy/philosophy of language, western Marxism/critical theory). - Will have acquired the ability to further study the thought of the main representatives of these currents.
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The purpose of this course is the introduction to the three main currents of contemporary philosophy developed during the 20th century (Phenomenology, analytic philosophy and Western Marxism). We will consider the main traits of the thought of their central representatives and the influence they had on other 20th century thinkers. More concretely we will discuss: 1) The current of analytic philosophy/philosophy of language, with reference to Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russel, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, and to further developments within 20th century epistemology, in the Vienna school (Schlick, Carnap, Neurath) and the historical approach to science (Kuhn, Feyerabend, Lakatos). 2) The current of phenomenology/existentialism, with reference to Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, but also to further developments in Gadamer’s hermeneuticsa and Derrida’s deconstruction. 3) The current of western Marxism/critical theory, with reference to Georg Lukács, the Frankfurt school (Horkheimer, Adorno, Habermas), structural Marxism (Althusser) and post-structuralism (Foucault). 4) The general 20th century trend towards the critique of subjectivity and reason as a continuation and radicalization of the deconstruction of the philosophical systems that began in the 19th century.
Contemporary Philosophy
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • 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
Course Organization
Reading Assigment843.4
Student Assessment
The assessment in the final exam will evaluate the study of the parts of the study book and the relevant educational material dealt with during the semester.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ζαν-Μισέλ Μπενιέ, Ιστορία της νεωτερικής και σύγχρονης φιλοσοφίας. Αθήνα: Καστανιώτης 1999. Encyclopedie de la Pleiade, Ιστορία της φιλοσοφίας, 20ος αιώνας. Σύγχρονα φιλοσοφικά ρεύματα. Αθήνα: ΜΙΕΤ 1987.
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