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The Game of Moral Precepts | Workshop

27 e 28 de fevereiro | 14h30 | Sala de Reuniões 2

FREE ENTRANCE, mandatory registration: Limited to 12 participants.
Registration, by email: lqueiroz@letras.up.pt

Session 1 | 27 February | 14h30 - 17h00
1. Short bio and bibliographical presentation of João de Barros;
2. Typographical analysis of the first and second editions of the "Diálogo em modo de jogo";
3. The rhetorical and pedagogical devices used in the text;
4. João de Barros' theory of virtues.

Session 2 | 28 February | 14h30 - 17h00
5.The objectives and the instructions of the game;
6.Playing "The Game of Moral Precepts".

The Dialogo de preceitos moraes co[m] prática delles, em módo de iogo, published in 1540 by João de Barros, is a book on moral philosophy. Of all the interesting highlights of the author's conceptual ideas and communication strategies, there is one in particular that makes this book special: it contains a board game that the reader can play in order to learn how to live a "good life". It is, therefore, a true book-object and, as such, it requires a contextual approach that lives up to its multifaceted design.
The objective of this workshop is to conduct a methodological test on the game's playability and effectiveness in transmitting João de Barros' theory and pedagogical aims, by interpreting the concepts around João de Barros' illustration of the Tree of Virtues and how they are actualised in the board game; and by testing the actual game, following the author's instructions and rules on how to play it.
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