Course: Philosophical and Pedagogical Antropology I

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Course title Philosophical and Pedagogical Antropology I
Course code KFI/FPA1
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Zrno Filip, Mgr.
  • Sikora Ondřej, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
The definition of philosophical anthropology and the origin of pedagogical anthropology. The anthropological dimension of ancient myth and its pedagogical relevance. The ancient understanding of a human being as a zoon logon echon and zoon politikon. Polis and oikos. The change of the Greek understanding of a human being in the tradition of Roman thinking - animal rationale. The Judeo-Christian understanding of a human being as imago Dei. The comparison of the Greek and Christian understandings of education - epimeleia and edukatio. The understanding of a human being at the beginning of the Modern times - ego cogito. The genesis of existence - the meaning of time in the self-recognition of a human being. A human being as an anthropos panton metron - a human being, a superman, and the last man. Time, eternity, and time of eternal return of the same. A human being as a historical being and the origin of historical consciousness. The universalism of the modern man and the philosophy of an action. A human being as homo faber.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Methods of individual activities, Work-related activities
Learning outcomes
The objective of this course is to introduce students to the basic forms of anthropological thinking. The topic of the course is anthropology in philosophical/metaphysical thinking and philosophical anthropology as an attempt to bridge metaphysics.
Students will learn about the points of departure of anthropological discourse: from ancient myth to anthropological paradigms - animal rationale, imago Dei, and ego cogito towards the points of departures of modern philosophical anthropology and their meaning for the theory of education. The knowledge obtained through the philosophical texts - texts that focus on the self-recognition and self-understanding of a human being in the spheres of person, individuality, existence, the core of a human being, subjectivity, identity and authenticity - can be used in pedagogical contexts. The concepts that result from gaining the knowledge mentioned above will help in qualified work in the area of social work, media, civil service, and in all the forms of pedagogical activities.

Assessment methods and criteria
Didactic test, Discussion

Active participation during seminars will involve reading and interpreting the chosen philosophical texts. To receive credit, students must demonstrate an ability to understand the concepts and the problems and the context of anthropological thinking in the history of philosophy, and display an understanding of the recommended textbook and the topics dealt with in lectures, as well as one literature title.
Recommended literature
  • Člověk v moderních vědách. Praha : Filosofický ústav AV ČR, 1992.
  • PELCOVÁ, N. Filosofická a pedagogická antropologie. Praha : Karolinum, 2000.
  • PELCOVÁ, N. Vzorce lidství. Filosofie o člověku a výchově. Praha : ISV, 2001.
  • SOKOL, J. Člověk a svět očima Bible. Praha : Ježek, 1993.
  • SOKOL, J. Filosofická antropologie: Člověk jako osoba. Praha : Portál, 2002.
  • TRESMONTANT, C. Bible a antická tradice. Praha : Vyšehrad, 1998.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy Philosophy (2015) Philosophy, theology 1 Winter
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy Philosophy (2013) Philosophy, theology 1 Winter