Course: Descartes and his relation to the authors of the Second Scholastics

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Course title Descartes and his relation to the authors of the Second Scholastics
Course code KFI/VADS
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Heider Daniel, doc. Ph.D.
  • Lacca Emanuele, M.A. Ph.D.
Course content
Thematic fields: 1.The first row of objections to Descartes´s Meditations and epistemology: )a) substance and accidents; (b) the relation of formal and objective concept on the one hand, an Descartes´s "objective reality" on the second; (c) the issue of material falsity; (d) Descartes´s cosmological proof of the divine existence and its suarezian presumptions 3. The relations of Descartes´s philosophy and the philosophy of Eustachius of St. paul 4. Comparison of the epistemological views of the jesuits from Coimbra (Fonseca, Rubius) and Descartes.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Work with text (with textbook, with book)
Learning outcomes
The goal fo the seminar is the mapping of the scholastics in early modern philosophy and its )possible) influence upon Descartes´s metaphypics and epistemology. By attending the seminar a student gets the idea how many scholastic assumptions Descartes´s "new" philosophy does have.
A student will get the idea how strong the scholastic roots of the modern philosophy are.
There are the following conditions which are to be met by a student to attend the seminar: the graduation in the course of the histpry of medieval and modern philosophy, logic, metaphysics and epistemology. The passive knowledge of English and Latin language is postulated.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance assessment

- regular and active participation at the seminar - the preparation of a contribution - elaboration of that contribution in a form of seminar work
Recommended literature
  • Descartes, R. Meditace o první filosofii. Praha, 2003.
  • Descartes, R. Meditations on First Philosophy. Cambridge, 1996.
  • Descartes, R. Principy filosofie. prqaha - Filosofia, 1998.
  • Francisco Suárez. Disputationes metaphysicae. Hildesheim, 1965.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Philosophy (2016) Category: Philosophy, theology - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter