Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL3091: Philosophical Anthropology

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Lenny Moss (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


Philosophical Anthropology distinguishes itself from all other forms of inquiry into the nature of being human in two very fundamental ways. 1) Philosophical Anthropology situates humans naturalistically among other forms of life, while simultaneously doing justice to the self-understanding of being human that derives from interpretative, phenomenological and reflective modes of inquiry. Philosophical Anthropology is thus a child of both the natural sciences and the humanities. 2) Philosophical Anthropology understands the question 'what does it mean to be human' to be simultaneously practical and theoretical. To take a stand on the nature of being human is to unavoidably enter into practical and evaluative reflections about the fulfilment of human needs, potentials and well-being. The module will be of interest and benefit to students of philosophy as well as all those from the human and social sciences and humanities with an interest in the nature of being human.

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