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Introduction to Contemporary Thought


This UC of the Social Sciences area intends to provide the student with philosophical historical knowledge so that he can develop a critical attitude towards the theoretical models of understanding social reality.


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Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 5

Year | Type of course unit | Language

1 |Mandatory |Português



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1. Topologies of mythological and metaphysical thinking: cyclical nature, magic and religion


2. Techno-scientific modernity as a rupture: rationalism, cumulative progress, utopia, nature as a matrixable object, the Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment


3. The crisis of Modernity and positivist optimism: the contradictions of progress and the limits of science


4. Marxism as a thought of the epochal transition: genealogy of postmodernity


5. The artistic avant-gardes and the crisis of the mimetic representation of the real


6. The first exterior photographs of the Earth: Universalism and counter-culture


7. An alternative history of globalization: from the nuclear cloud to the data cloud


8. Post-production culture: the circulation of images, appropriation and the digital archive as a total museum


9. Connection technologies and the cosmopolitan idea: between the global community and the ecological crisis


10. From the post-human to the imaginary of extinction: drift on the fossils of the future


Acquire historical knowledge and develop critical attitude towards the theoretical models of understanding of social reality;

Acquire interdisciplinary knowledge that enable students to obtain instruments for a better understanding of today's society;

Instilling in students research practices on contemporary thinkers , to progressively build an adequate cultural background to the challenges of this unit and a learning lifelon;

Identify the theories that explain the present world ;

Grasping to make decisions on social and political framework;

 Understanding the development context of contemporary thought;

Development of practical and collaborative work , using application-oriented research , analysis and synthesis of scientific articles.

Teaching methodologies and assessment

The classes are theoretical and practical, with the presentation of the syllabus made orally by the teacher, based on the selected bibliography and using the projection of complementary audiovisual elements. The debate with students is encouraged.

Assessment: Continuous with Final Test

Assessment elements: - conception of a video essay or a booklet based on one or more issues of the syllabus (45%) - final frequency (55%)

The student must attend at least 75% of classes.


AA. VV. (2018) Posthuman Glossary, Ed. R. Braidotti; M. Hlavajova. Londres: Bloomsbury


Agamben, G. (2006). "O que e¿ o contempora¿neo". In Nudez . Lisboa, Relo¿gio d'A¿gua, 2010.


Bogalheiro, M. (2020) "Nostalgia, o cancelamento do futuro e o arquivo paradoxal." In Revista de Comunicac¿a¿o e Linguagens - Counter-Image , no 52. Lisboa: ICNOVA


Bourriaud, N. (2004) Po¿s-Produc¿a¿o: Como a Arte Reprograma o Mundo Contempora¿neo. Martins-Fontes, 2009


Descola, P. (2015) Par-del`a nature et culture . Paris: Folio.


Freud, S. (1919) O Inquietante. In Obras Completas, Vol. 14 . Companhia das Letras.


Fuller, B. (1969) Operating Manuel for spaceship Earth . lars Muller Publishers, 2008


Marx, Karl. (1867) Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Vol. I. London: Penguin Books, 1990


Sloterdijk, P. (2018) What Happened in the Twentieth Century? Towards a Critique of Extremist Reason . Cambridge: Polity Press

Office Hours

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Horário de atendimento


Manuel Bogalheiro

14h - 16h - Sextas-feiras

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