Thursday, April 9, 2015

ICC Talk 1 by Portuguese philosophers Henriques, PhD/Barros, MS: Philosophy of Consciousness: Pedagogical Strategy and Relevance to the Current Crisis

Mendo Henriques, PhD and Nazaré Barros, MS (PORTUGAL)


Mendo Henriques is a visiting assistant professor of the Faculty of Human Sciences at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP) and a board member of the Centro de Estudos de Filosofia, where he coordinates the Research area of Political Philosophy and Ethics. He has undergraduate and Master degrees in Philosophy from the University of Lisbon, and a PhD in Political Philosophy from UCP (1992). Mr. Henriques has 12 books published in Portugal, Brazil and France as well as about 110 published articles. He has given numerous conferences in Portugal and abroad on themes related to his specialty. In the Philosophical area, he has important works and activities in Philosophy of Consciousness and Social and Political Philosophy, as well as research on Citizenship and Defense.

Nazaré Barros holds a Master degree in School Administration and Organization from the Faculdade de Ciências de Lisboa (2009). She was born in Lisbon in 1963, and graduated in Philosophy from UCP in 1986.  She is the author of textbooks, and introductory works to Antero de Quental, Immanuel Kant, John Locke, Descartes, Plato, St. Anselm and S. Augustine.  Barros lectures on violence and school life issues and has held positions in management and organizational bodies between 2003 and 2012.

Philosophy of Consciousness: Pedagogical Strategy and Relevance to the Current Crisis

05/22/2015 | 10:20-11:00


This presentation will highlight the importance of philosophy as an intellectual exercise about knowledge of objects and also as an existential exercise of recognition between subjects, and it will provide a sequence and original approach to the study of philosophy of consciousness. The urgency of philosophical thinking emerges from life and relates to it, in every idea, thesis and argument, and in each of the aporias, ignorance and mysteries it touches. Since life surprise us and make us restless, philosophy attempts to use coherent and reasoned integrative reflection, weaving aspects that integrate the understanding that aims at universality and the individual and irreplaceable pulse, which is alive and made restless by the other. An initiation to the themes of philosophy can lead to greater self-knowledge and to a philosophy applied to the themes of the present crisis, aiding the search for new personal and collective paths.

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