Course: Philosophical Propedeutics

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Course title Philosophical Propedeutics
Course code KFI/FIPRH
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Prázný Aleš, doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
How is philosophical (academic) literature written and what form does it take. The first occurrence of the term "philosophia" and its possible meanings. The context of nascent philosophical thinking: from myth to logo. The context of nascent philosophical thinking: from erot to filia. The basic terminology connected with nascent philosophy. Various conceptions of philosophy throughout history. Philosophy as reflection. Practical or academic philosophy. The three dimensions of philosophy. Age-old philosophical problems. Philosophy, science, politics, religion, art. Contemporary philosophy - the oldest streams in our country and in the world.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Methods of individual activities, Work-related activities
  • unspecified - 60 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 45 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 60 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The objective of this course is to look at various approaches to philosophy and to the history of the origin of philosophy (including the contexts from which it comes and from which it derives its sense). This course will also consider the origin, the development, and the characteristics of particular philosophical disciplines, and the relationship between philosophy, science, art, religion, and politics - as well as the uniqueness of philosophy.
Students will be better able to describe the meaning of philosophy in society, in life, and in academic areas, and will encounter philosophical terminology. They will learn to read and analyze philosophical texts, to discuss in a group, and to reflect on outside reading. Critical thinking will be developed through writing.

Assessment methods and criteria
Didactic test, Discussion

Credit is dependent on regular and active participation in lectures as well as seminars and reading at least two sources chosen from a list of recommended literature (after consulting, there is the possibility to choose other sources). Students will also take a written test that will involve various possibilities: comments on what was presented during the seminars; an essay based on the recommended (or other) literature; a paper about a selected book - including an explanation of its meaning; a comparison of books with similar problems; an essay: a speculation about a course theme: which theme (briefly summarized) is interesting or which is common and the reasons for such a judgment.
Recommended literature
  • Řada "Dějiny filosofie". Oikumené, 1994.
  • BENYOVSZKY, L. a kol. Filosofická propedeutika 1. a 2. díl. Praha, 1998.
  • CARSON, A. Eros The Bittersweet. Princeton University Press, 1986.
  • DELEUZE, G. Co je filosofie?. Praha: Oikúmené, 2001.
  • KRATOCHVÍL, Z. Mýtus, filosofie a věda. Praha: M. Jůza & E. Jůzová, 1993.
  • KRATOCHVÍL, Z. Výchova, zřejmost, vědomí. Herrmann a synové, 1995.
  • PETŘIČEK, M. Úvod do současné filosofie. Praha, 1992.
  • PLATÓN. Spisy I-V. Praha : Oikúmené, 2003.

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