Course: Introduction to philosophy for the naturalist

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Course title Introduction to philosophy for the naturalist
Course code KBD/QUFP
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 2
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Machula Tomáš, prof. Ph.D., Th.D.
Course content
1. What is philosophy? What is natural science? 2. Ideas have consequences 3. Logical faults in arguments 4. Reliability of human knowledge 5. Reductionism 6. Individuality 7. Esencialism 8. Degrees of perfection 9. Nature 10. Rational animal and brute animal 11. Liberty 12. Responsibility

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
  • Class attendance - 16 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 50 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 40 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The lecture introduces students of biological study programmes into the philosophical methodology.
Student will have basic knowledge on the methodology of philosophical thinking, importance of philosophy for science and the methods of argumentation. He/she will be educated in basic concepts and questions of philosphy of nature. He/she will be able to distinguish the philosophical point of view from the ponit of view of natural science.
Prerequisites
None.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Written examination

1. The student must know essential information about the topic 2. The student is able to show adequate level of independent thinking and competence for philosophical discussion on the topic 3. The exam follows the written test
Recommended literature
  • Machula, T. Filosofie přírody. Praha, 2007.
  • Tugendhat, E., Wolfová, U. Logicko-sémantická propedeutika. Praha, 1997.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture and Technology Study plan (Version): Biology and protection of "hobby" organisms (2013) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture and Technology Study plan (Version): Biology and protection of "hobby" organisms (2019) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer