2023-2024 / PHIL0093-1

Research work based on a Philosophy seminar I


45h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in philosophy (120 ECTS)10 crédits 


Laurence Bouquiaux, Chiara Collamati, Grégory Cormann, Edouard Delruelle, Vinciane Despret, Arnaud Dewalque, Olivier Dubouclez, Maud Hagelstein, Julien Pieron, Denis Seron


Grégory Cormann

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

All year long, with partial in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The seminar in philosophy is organized every year around a choice - which is to be made before September 30 - between two or three parallel seminars dealing with different topics.

In even years, seminars are organized in the following fields: Phenomenology; Political and social philosophy; Philosophy of science.

In odd-numbered years, seminars are organized in the following fields: Aesthetics and critical theories of culture; Ontology.

In 2023-2024,

-the Ontology seminar will take as its theme "Ways of Seeing";

- the Aesthetics and Critical Theory seminar will take as its theme "Forms and politics. Current Debates on Critical Theory".

More details on these themes and on the organizational methods: see the "Themes and methods 2023-2024" files in the "Items online" section below

The choice of the seminar must be communicated to gregory.cormann@uliege.be before September 30.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Conceptualization and problematization of a fundamental question in philosophy; in-depth mastery of theoretical contents both in the history of philosophy and in contemporary issues.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Undergraduate philosophical education. Passive command of the English language.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Collective work on a philosophical theme through readings, lessons and talks as well as discussions.

Ontology Seminar

The theme of the Ontology Seminar this year will be "Ways of seeing". In the first term, it will be held on Friday Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Nov. 24 and Dec. 8 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Meeting Space of the Philosophy Department. The work will be organized around presentations by teachers and guest speakers. In the second term, exchange and discussion sessions will be set up tu support students in writing a text taking as a theme a "way of seeing" of their choice. These sessions will take place on Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., alternating with the Seminar on Aesthetics and Critical Theories of Culture. The precise dates will be communicated later.

Aesthetics and Critical Theory Seminar

The Aesthetics and critical theories of culture Seminar will take as a theme « Forms and Politics ». Il will be held on Fridays in the second semester, approximately two weeks out of three, alternating with the Ontology Seminar.

Sessions will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

More details on these organizational methods: see the "Themes and methods 2023-2024" files in the "Items online" section below.

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

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

Ontology Seminar

A list of books will be given to students during the first session.

Aesthetics and Critical Theory Seminar

Une liste d'ouvrages sera remise aux étudiant.es lors de la première séance.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam AND oral exam

- Remote

written exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

Personal research work and its oral and/or written presentation.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Ontology Seminar

Laurence Bouquiaux (laurence.bouquiaux@uliege.be), Olivier Dubouclez (olivier.dubouclez@uliege.be) & Julien Pieron (julien.pieron@uliege.be)

Aesthetics and Critical Theory Seminar

Maud Hagelstein (maud.hagelstein@uliege.be) & Grégory Cormann (gregory.cormann@uliege.be)

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Aesthetics and Critical Theory of Culture 2023-2024
Aesthetics 2023-2024

Ontology 2023-2024
Ontology 2023-2024