Course: Philosophy

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Course title Philosophy
Course code KSV/MFFK
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 1
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Staněk Jan, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Pavličíková Helena, PhDr. CSc.
Course content
1. Myth, religion, philosophy. History of the concept of philosophy. Philosophy as a system. Science and philosophy; philosophy and special sciences. 2. The problem of substance and being; the evolution of ontology and its chief exponents in the history of philosophy. 3. 20th century ontolology: M. Heidegger, N. Hartmann. 4. Knowledge as a philosophical problem. Doxa and epistémé. Knowledge and faith. Critical scepticism. 5. Rationalism and empirism - main problems and exponents. F. Bacon, J. Locke, G. Berkeley, D. Hume. 6. The philosophy of the Enlightenment. 7. 19th century philosophy - an outline of main problems and thinkers. 8. Kierkegaard. Voluntarism: Schopenhauer, Nietzsche. 9. Philosophical positivism: Comte, Spencer, Mill. Evolutionism. 10. 20th century philosophy - an outline of main problems and thinkers. Philosophical problem of time (Husserl, Bergson). 11. Philosophical anthropology (A.Gehlen, H.Plessner, M. Scheler) 12. German Existenzphilosophie and French existentialism 13. Knowledge and science. The linguistic turn. Logical positivism. Wittgenstein. 14. Philosophy and postmodernism. M. Foucault, J.-F. Lyotard, J.Derrida.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Work with text (with textbook, with book)
Learning outcomes
The aim of the subject is to provide an introduction into main philosophical categories and the most important lines of thought in the history of western philosophy. The course will include also a reading of selections from classical philosophical texts.
The student is acquainted with elementary philosophical terminology, with the main periods of the evolution of western philosophy and is able to employ this knowledge in the analysis of philosophical texts. He/She is also able to relate various philosophical thoughts to the problems of contemporary world.

Assessment methods and criteria
Written examination

Written exam
Recommended literature
  • Anzenbacher, A.:. Úvod do filosofie. Portál, Praha 2004.
  • Blecha, I.:. Filosofie. Nakladatelství Olomouc, Olomouc 2002 (a další vydání).
  • Michálek, J.:. Co je filosofie. OIKOYMENH, Praha 1995.
  • Storig, H.J.:. Malé dějiny filosofie. Karmelitánské nakladatelství, Kostelní Vydří 2007.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Nursery School Teaching (3) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer