Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

History of Ideas

History of Ideas
Second semester
Global Trends
Main language of instruction: Spanish

Teaching staff

Dr. MIRÓ COMAS, Abel - amiro@uic.es

Personal attention in the classroom and by email: amiro@uic.es


The aim of this course is to present some fundamental concepts of philosophical anthropology, with the aim of inviting students to reflect for themselves on the great question that is man, through the great authors of the history of thought.

Pre-course requirements

There are not pre-cours requirements. 


The main objective of the course is to provide students with anthropological tools for philosophical meditation on man as a communicative animal. 


  • 01 - The ability to plan technical resources
  • 03 - The ability to plan personal resources (personnel, materials, seasonal...)
  • 04 - The ability of self assessment and professional self management
  • 05 - The ability to learn autonomously
  • 06 - The ability to act autonomously and responsibly
  • 07 - The ability to work in a group
  • 08 - The ability to organise time and workspace
  • 09 - Lingustic ability in Catalan, Spanish and English
  • 10 - The ability to develop an ethical attitude
  • 11 - The ability to make judgments and well-argued critical assessments
  • 12 - The ability to produce spoken and written texts
  • 13 - Reading skills
  • 14 - Ability to analyse
  • 15 - The ability to synthesise
  • 16 - The ability to detect newsworthy events
  • 17 - The ability to confront difficulties and resolve problems
  • 18 - The ability to work under pressure
  • 19 - The ability to memorise
  • 20 - The ability of concretion
  • 21 - The ability of abstraction
  • 28 - The ability to critically analyse the European, Spanish, and global film industry
  • 29 - The ability to contextualise and critically analyse the products of the audiovisual industry
  • 30 - The ability to contextualise and critically analyse current events
  • 35 - The ability to understand and implement the system that governs the operation of a feature film
  • 36 - The ability to understand and apply the audiovisual system structure
  • 38 - Ability to understand and apply the legal dimension of an audiovisual product
  • 39 - The ability to understand and apply the different agents of the audiovisual sector
  • 40 - The ability to understand and apply the different departments of a film production
  • 41 - The ability to understand and apply lighting and sound techniques of a film production
  • 43 - The ability to understand and apply different television genres and formats
  • 50 - The ability to understand and apply the different narrative elements of a project
  • 56 - The ability to design and critique different forms of film and video
  • 59 - Knowledge and mastery of classic culture
  • 64 - Knowledge and mastery of bibliographic repertories
  • 65 - Knowledge and mastery of the different resources of historical investigation
  • 66 - Knowledge and mastery of the resources to encourage contextualized interest in history

Learning outcomes

1. Acquire knowledge on the essential characteristics of the person.

2. Know and understand what the great existential questions of the individual are.

3. Acquire knowledge on how one should behave and why.

4. Learne to make decisions for situations where there are ethical implications.

5. Be more sensitive to the fostering of respect, trust and friendliness among people.

6. Learne to evaluate the ethical consequences of our actions.  

7. Acquire skills for oral and written communication.  

8. Develope the ability to analyse and synthesise the information obtained in class and from the complementary material provided by the professor.

9. Improve reading comprehension skills.

10. Develop neatness habits in written documents and presentations.



1. Introduction. On the usefulness of the useless.

2. Leisure, happiness and contemplation.

3. The Criterion as an "integral anthropology". The art of thinking well.

4. Man as a "symbolic animal".

5. The soul and the capacity to know.

6. The concept of "lie".

7. Anthropology of fashion.

8. Necessary love" and "mercenary love".

9. Advertising and the dictatorship of "das Man".

10. The mystery of death.

11. Conclusion. The "heart" and the "zombies".


Teaching and learning activities

In blended


Evaluation systems and criteria

In blended


Bibliography and resources

Arregui, Vicente y Choza, Jacinto. Filosofía del hombre. Una antropología de la intimidad. Rialp, Madrid, 1993. 

Conesa, Francisco y Nubiola, Jaime. Filosofía del lenguaje. Herder, Barcelona, 1999.

Polo, Leonardo. Quién es el hombre. Un espíritu en el tiempo. Rialp, Madrid, 1991.

Bofill, Jaume, «El corazón, lo más íntimo de la persona», en: Cristiandad, nº 150, Barcelona, 1950, pp.286-287. 

Cassirer, Ernst, Antropología filosófica (Trad. Eugenio Ímaz), Fondo de Cultura Económica, México, 2000. 

Duch, Lluís; Chillón, Albert, Un ser de mediaciones. Antropología de la comunicación vol.1, Herder, Barcelona, 2012. 

Forment, Eudaldo, Fenomenología descriptiva del lenguaje, Promociones Publicaciones Universitarias, Barcelona, 1984. 

Torras i Bages, Josep, «El verb artístic», pp.111-64, en: Íd., Estètiques, Obres Completes, vol. 15, Balmes, Barcelona, 1936.