Course: History of Philosophy I

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Course title History of Philosophy I
Course code KFI/HIPH1
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory
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
  • Prázný Aleš, doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Pacovská Kamila, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Work with text (with textbook, with book)
Learning outcomes
The aim of this course is to understand the beginnings of modern ethical thought in Great Britain. In contrast to rationalism that culminates in the continent in the ethical work of Immanuel Kant, British moralists are characteristic by their empiricism: moral values in the world are based in the feeling that we have for others or for the whole society, or in the consequences of our action that lead to the good of others. That's why we don't have a priori, but a posteriori knowledge of them. Apart from the presentation and reading of the relevant texts, the course should provide for basic knowledge of English philosophical terminology and mastery of basic techniques of written and spoken discourse in English.


Assessment methods and criteria
Home assignment evaluation, Discussion

Recommended literature
  • Čapek, J. a kol. Přístupy k etice II.. Praha, Filosofia, 2015.
  • Hobbes, T. Leviathan. London: Bohn, 1839.
  • Hume, D. An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1902.
  • Hume, D. Treatise of Human Nature. Oxford, 1896.
  • Mill, J. S. Utilitarianism. 1861.
  • Shaftesbury. Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions and Times. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2001.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy Philosophy (2015) Philosophy, theology 2 Summer
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy Philosophy (2013) Philosophy, theology 2 Summer