Philosophie en langue anglaise 1 - Université Bordeaux Montaigne

Philosophie en langue anglaise 1

Crédits ECTS : 4.0

Volume horaire CM : 18.0

Volume horaire TD : 18.0

Code ELP : LEA1U4

Composante : UFR Humanités

Période de l'année : Automne

Formes d'enseignement : Non accessible à distance

Mobilité d'études : Oui


Philosophy and Health: from Plato to Canguilhem

In this course, mostly taught in English, we will examine throughout the history how philosophers have been thinking about their own activity through the lens of the notion of health. Health has always been an object of ambivalent attention in philosophy: it is commonly acknowledged as something desirable (something good); and yet health is sometimes thought as constituting a kind of danger, as it may divert attention from what really matters in life.

More generally, the discourse and the practice of philosophy have often been compared to those of medicine, especially when one comes to speak about the “therapeutic” virtue of philosophy. In this course, covering authors from the Antiquity to the present day, we will analyse the successive roles played by the notion of health in the general philosophical discourse.


The aims of this course are:

- to enable students to analyse and comment on philosophical arguments

- to develop their knowledge of the canonical position held by philosophers

- to encourage students to develop and defend their own positions through careful argumentation.

Language used in class: English and French

Contrôle des connaissances

1ère session

Etudiants en régime général : 50% contrôle continu (exercices réalisés en TD ou à la maison) +  50% examen écrit terminal.

Etudiants en régime spécial : examen écrit terminal
 2ème session (rattrapage) 

Etudiants en régime général et spécial : examen écrit terminal.


A selection of classical texts (Plato, Lucretius, Descartes, Pascal, Nietzsche, Freud, Canguilhem, etc.) will be provided and studied during the TD sessions, in preference in their original language, but most often accompanied by a translation into English.

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