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José Ignacio Murillo and Juan Fernando Sellés


September 2021


Until 31 July (reduced price)
From 1 August to 15 August (general price)

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Equivalence to 8 ECTS credit


The online course on the philosophy of Leonardo Polo is designed for people who have an interest in this thinker but who do not have a guide to begin their study, or who want to progress in the knowledge of his thought. Given that the thought of this contemporary Spanish author is immense, we offer an introductory course that allows you to discover in a general way his contributions and the innovation that they represent for contemporary philosophy. 

Leonardo Polo's thought not only proposes solutions to philosophical aporias of different historical moments: that is to say, it dialogues with modernity, offering answers to its interests, but also connects it with classical and medieval thought, which it expands. In this way, it offers a rigorous and hopeful alternative to current philosophy, which is somewhat in crisis because it has serious difficulties in posing the great theoretical questions.

Polo's philosophy also offers a theoretical proposal which, without ceasing to be philosophical, gathers and deploys Christian inspiration, effectively showing the harmony between Christian faith and intellectual research, thus recovering the value of philosophical research for the appropriation of faith by the believer and for its realisation in practice.

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Academic leaders (Course Directors)

José Ignacio Murillo

José Ignacio Murillo 

Associate Professor

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Juan Fernando Sellés

Juan Fernando Sellés

Associate Professor

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

coordinator professor 
Juan Pablo Puy

Juan Pablo Puy 

Project management expert.  

Ana Bastidas

Ana Bastidas

Researcher department of Philosophy 

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Start: Monday 30 August 2021

End: Monday 20 December 2021

submission of the final work: 31 January 2022

academic staff and programme



professor Responsible


- Presentation of the course and introduction to Polo's philosophy.

- Introduction to the theory of knowledge, an axiomatic of mental presence.

Ignacio Falgueras Salinas

Full Professor Emeritus of History of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy , University of Málaga.


- Metaphysics as the intellection of first principles.

Fernando Haya

Honorary Professor, University of Malaga


- The knowledge of physical causality.

José Ignacio Murillo

Senior Associate Professor. School of Philosophy and Letters, University of Navarra.


- Science and philosophy in Leonardo Polo.

Juan José Sanguineti

Full Professor Emeritus of Philosophy from knowledge at School of Philosophy of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome.


- Intermediate session

Juan A. García González

Full Professor of Philosophy of the School of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Malaga.


- Anthropology I: Intimacy and Personal Transcendentals

Juan Fernando Sellés

Senior Associate Professor. School of Philosophy and Letters, University of Navarra.


- Anthropology II: The manifestation of the person, the self.

- Anthropology III: Human manifestations.

Juan José Padial

Senior Associate Professor of University, department of Philosophy of the University of Malaga.


- Anthropology IV: Psychology.

Gonzalo Alonso Bastarreche

Professor teaching assistant Doctor School of Education and Psychology, University of Navarra.


- Ethics

Urbano Ferrer

Full Professor by Philosophy Moral, University of Murcia.



The methodology is the closest to face-to-face that can be achieved in the framework of an online course. Throughout the course, the teachers will hold a total of 20 live Zoom sessions with the students (synchronous online classes).

The programme is structured in 8 units or modules. The content of each module is scheduled to be taken over two weeks. Each module consists of:

  • class pre-recorded lecture - approximately 1 hour long - to introduce the key points of each module, and at position by the lecturer in charge of the module.

  • PDFs, for reading and individual study, with a selection of texts by Polo on the contents of each module and explanatory texts by the teacher.

  • Questions from students via a forum.

  • Two synchronous classes (by Zoom live), each lasting approximately one hour and average , in which the teacher will dialogue with the students, clarifying the questions posed in the forum of each module.

  • Multiple choice test on the notions of the module.

In addition, throughout the course:

  • In between, there will be four other synchronous classes (live on Zoom) where global aspects of the Course and its subject will be discussed. They will be at position by the directors of the Course and Juan A. García, Full Professor of Philosophy of the School of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Málaga.

  • As part of the final evaluation each student will have to write a short article on one of the aspects of the course.

This course aims, therefore, at acquiring a global understanding of the main areas that Polo studied and on which he made original contributions: Anthropology, Metaphysics, Theory of knowledge, Ethics and Human Sciences.

And to understand Leonardo Polo's contributions, the fruit of his intellectual search, about the truth of man and his relationship with God, with others and with the world.

This will make it possible to identify and order other areas of knowledge from the broad horizon provided by Polo's thinking.

It will encourage critical thinking, introducing a demanding and rigorous form of philosophical enquiry.

skill Finally, this course is also aimed at acquiring a research skills that will enable the writing of academic articles and will provide the instructions to undertake more extensive research.

Admission and enrolment

Who can take this course?

  • You must have studied or be studying a university degree, preferably (not essential) in the humanities ( Degree ).

  • Proficiency in Spanish language , as the necessary works by Polo are only available in Spanish.

  • Justification of your choice of this course through the writing of a one-page (about 500 words) report in which you explain how you got to know Polo's work and show your interest in his work in an argumentative way.

  • Devote 10 to 15 hours per week to the tasks of the Course and, above all, to its study.

Request for information

If you would like further information about the course, you can request it from the secretariat of the University of Navarra School of Humanities and Social Sciences :

Registration deadlines and enrollment

From 1 July to 15 August 2021 (until fill in places in order of registration). 

The steps to formalise enrollment in the course are as follows:

1.- apply for the admission, filling in the "Application for Admission" form .

2.- Wait for a response to your request.

3.- In case of being admitted: formalise the payment. You will receive an email from with the link to formalise the payment.

4.- Send by e-mail to the following documentation:

- Copy of National Identity Card or Passport

- Recent photo

- certificate for payment

Course start: Monday 30 August 2021

The enrollment will not be considered formalised until payment has been made and documentation has been sent.


No. of places offered

50 students


Total price: 720 €.

Exemptions or allowances

enrollment normal course

720 €

20% discount for early registration enrollment or for old student UNAV

576 €

enrollment reduced subject "B" for special personal situations to be assessed by teachers

363 €

Reduced enrolment subject "C" for UNAV employees and assimilated employees

180 €


Application for Admission

The "Advanced Training Course in the Philosophy of Leonardo Polo" is a Degree of the University of Navarra. It is included in the so-called "Advanced Training Courses".

Students who pass with a grade of more than 5 will receive an Academic certificate given by the Secretariat of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The certified load professor shall be 8 ECTS credit.

The validation of the 8 ECTS credit of the course by ECTS credit corresponding to the official degrees given by the University of Navarra is not automatic. It must be requested by each student through written request in their own centre or School.  

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences will validate up to a maximum of 2 ECTS credit for this course as "Cultural Activities Office".




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