2023-2024 / PHIL0028-1

Modern philosophical texts


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in philosophy5 crédits 
 Master in history (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Olivier Dubouclez

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The World as Will and Representation: a reading.

This course will offer a study of the first two books of Arthur Schopenhauer's The World as Will and Representation. The aim is to provide an introduction to the thought of this author, who is essential to the transition from modern to contemporary philosophy, but little studied for his own sake. We will particular attention to the transformation he proposes of Kant's critical philosophy. By successively studying two major notions, representation (Book I) and will (Book II), we will address various aspects of Schopenhauerian thought, from the theory of knowledge to psychology, aesthetics and metaphysics.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Interpretation of the Cartesian metaphysics and of the Kantian philosophy considered inf the light of the main problems arising within Modern philosophy.
Genesis of the structure of the philosophical subject from Descartes to Kant.
Learning of the techniques required for the critical explanation of texts.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

To have followed or to follow the course "Histoire de la philosophie des Temps modernes"

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Thursday, 11:00-13:00, Philo I.

Recommended or required readings

- Le Monde comme volonté et comme représentation, tomes I et II, trad. fr. M. Dautrey, C. Sommer et V. Stanek, Paris, Folio, essais, 2009.

ou, éventuellement, Le Monde comme volonté et comme représentation, trad. fr. A. Burdeau, Paris, PUF, 1998 (L'ensemble de l'œuvre en un seul volume). Cette édition est également disponible en ligne:https://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Le_Monde_comme_volont%C3%A9_et_comme_repr%C3%A9sentation

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Writing examination: a commentary of a passage taken from the World.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Olivier Dubouclez
Department of Philosophy
History of Modern Philosophy
Place du 20-Août, 7
B-4000 Liège
email: Olivier.Dubouclez@uliege.be

I receive students on Tuesday (12:00-13:00) or by appointment.

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