PhD in Philosophy in the Contemporary Thought Specialism

Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias

Program Description

PhD in Philosophy in the Contemporary Thought Specialism

Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias

Entrance Conditions

The following may apply for the Doctoral Programme:

a) People who hold a master's degree or legal equivalent degree;

b) People who hold a B.A., people who have an especially relevant school or scientific curriculum that is acknowledged as certifying capacity to obtain this study cycle by the Doctoral Programme's Scientific Committee;

c) People who have a school, scientific and professional curriculum that is acknowledged as certifying capacity to obtain this study cycle by the Doctoral Programme’s Scientific Committee.


A doctorate in philosophy from the specific area of Contemporary Thought is unique in the country and lies in the nuclear target of practical philosophy as knowledge assets, linked to this real world (that critically deconstructed in order to better understand and track). Although knowing it deeply, and assuming it to be, this cycle does not cover the history of philosophy and philosophical systems but the future of philosophy in a world crumbled and unsustainable without reflective categories. In March more comprehensive than systematic, more critical than traditional, this course offers the philosophy as attitude, mood and cognitive evaluative. It is this integrated task and real, practical challenge and that it transmits from its origin in the City, taking the important affairs of his time, they come from another science, another field, another labor. The epistemological aspect of the 3rd cycle of studies is reflected in the contemporary framework of global complexities.

Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired

The curricular units of the 3rd Cycle of Philosophy structured program of studies and extensive training in the area of Contemporary Philosophy of Epistemology, Critical Thinking of the various philosophies and practices. In the presence or use of rigorous and systematic network of one's own philosophy (terminology, conceptual, historical perception, argumentative and discursive legitimacy), the doctoral student will acquire advanced skills in analysis of the philosophical text and plain text, the contrast between text and Event, referral the epochal epistemological framework, recognition of theoretical and practical paradigms, canons or invariable, or disclosure of key contemporary meaning core, intervention and yet reflective and / or working in environments referenced.

Thus, the doctoral student acquires the specific skills of critical analysis and epistemological-philosophical system that will be implemented in plural areas of contemporary culture. The research exemplifies the link to contemporary thought and its 'niche' fundamental philosophy and finance, and business philosophy, philosophy and crisis, and environmental philosophy, philosophy and the city, violence and philosophy, philosophy and sexuality, and sport philosophy, philosophy and globalization, philosophy and ethics, philosophy and religion, philosophy and art, philosophy and art, etc..

Regarding the enforceability of the objectives, this course is designed, through its research seminar, in practical environment to test the literature in this discipline, the heuristic of texts and the conceptual formulation of research topics. In this sense, and once the seminar is aimed at achieving a defined research topic, any student who does not achieve the level of skills required, will be diagnosed immediately by a teacher's seminar, monthly meetings with other teachers on this semester, identify cases in order to remedy the deficiencies. It is thought that this seminar will also serve to not only the course instructor to diagnose possible failures, but they are also evaluated by peers in group discussions promoted sequentially.

When the goals achievement will be encouraged by the submission of papers by individuals or groups, to national and international journals or conference theme.


This course, despite the recent implementation, benefits from previous work done on that area of philosophy, when implemented in R&D Unit in Science, Technology and Society. Under the coordination of Dr. Santos Neves, published there the book "Introduction to Contemporary Thought ', financed by FCT, which has the support of a hundred authors of science quite distant, but all of which coincide in the matrix of the applied current thinking. In the same scope, the course has edited several issues of the journal Metacritic, which is now proposed to recover, in partnership with ECAT. The course also benefits from their relationships that keep teachers and researchers in research centers where cooperating national and international. worship of these, bind to the Theses of doctoral research projects funded by FCT. ECAT Through this course celebrates projects in national and international partnership in the particular area of Contemporary Thought, Culture and Communication.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Portuguese

Last updated December 1, 2015
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This course is Campus based
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Oct. 2016
3 years
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Start date Oct. 2016
Portugal Lisbon
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