Course: Introduction to Philosophy

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Course title Introduction to Philosophy
Course code KPF/B001
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Hoblík Jiří, doc. Mgr. Th.D.
  • Bláha Petr, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Konrádová Veronika, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Kroupa Daniel, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Nitsche Martin, doc. Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Peroutka David, ThLic. Ph.D.
  • Sousedík Prokop, Ing. Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Šimsa Martin, PhDr. Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Tippelt Hynek, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. What is philosophy 2. Reality 3. Cognition 4. Language and logic 5. Science and truth 6. Philosophical anthropology 7. Ethics 8. Philosophy of politics and law 9. Philosophy and God 10. Medieval philosophy 11. Modern philosophy 12. Contemporary philosophy

Learning activities and teaching methods
Learning outcomes
The course provides students with basic knowledge of history of philosophy and taxonomy of philosophy. In the course basic philosophical problems will be introduced to students and they will get familiar with terminology.
The student will become acquainted with the following acaddemic skills: able to characterize the specifics of philosophy as an independent discipline, can use academmic terminology, explain the basic of philosophical concepts, distinguish main philosophical questions, characterize selected philosophical issues in various areas of philosophical inquiry, classify the most significant issues of various philosophical disciplines in historical context

Assessment methods and criteria
Essay of 5 pages on a selected topic that is discussed in the course. The essay must demonstrate partly philosophical reflection of original work, related to the topic, and the knowledge of the content of the lectures on Introduction to Philosophy.
Recommended literature
  • ANZENBACHER, A. Úvod do filosofie. Praha, 1991. ISBN 8004260381.
  • BENYOVSZKY, L., a kol. Úvod filosofie. Praha, 1992. ISBN 978-80-7380-040-6.
  • Jaspers, K. Úvod do filosofie, Oikúmené, Praha. 1996.
  • PETŘÍČEK, M. Úvod do (současné) filosofie. Praha, 1997.
  • STÖRIG, H. J. Malé dějiny filosofie. Praha, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7195-206-0.
  • TRETERA, I. Nástin dějin evropského myšlení. Praha ? Litomyšl, 2006. ISBN 80-7185-819-6.
  • VANĚK, J. Filosofie a kultura v evropských dějinách. Praha, 2007. ISBN 978-80-8694-647-4.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts Social Sciences (Two-Subject Combination) (A14) Philosophy, theology 1 Winter
Faculty of Arts German Language and Literature (Double-Subject Combination) (A14) Philological sciences 1 Winter
Faculty of Arts Human Studies focused Aesthetics (A14) Philosophy, theology 1 Winter
Faculty of Arts Intercultural German Studies (A14) Philological sciences 2 Winter
Faculty of Arts General Basis (A14) Philosophy, theology 1 Winter
Faculty of Arts Philosophy (A14) Philosophy, theology 1 Winter
Faculty of Arts Social Sciences (Two-Subject Combination) (A14) Philosophy, theology 1 Winter
Faculty of Arts Cultural History (A14) History courses 2 Winter
Faculty of Arts Political Science (Two-Subject Combination) (A14) Social sciences 1 Winter