Main Topics in History of Philosophy (konwersatorium) - 2018/2019

Course description
General information
Lecturer:dr Piotr Szałek
Organising unit:Faculty of Philosophy - Instytut Filozofii
Number of hours (week/semester): 2/30
Language of instruction:English
Course objective
C1 – the first aim is to offer an analysis of the basic philosophical concepts and categories from ancient to contemporary times
C2 – the second aim is to give students an opportunity of gaining the competence of analysing classical philosophical texts
C3 – the third aim is to enable students to acquire skills necessary for both analytic and synthetic way of thinking and a good argumentative and critical competence
W1 – basic knowledge of the liberal arts
Learning outcomes
1. Student knows and understands, in general, the role of philosophical reflection in the development of spiritual culture of human being - K_W01
2. Student has a basic knowledge of function and significance of philosophy in its relation to theology, formal and natural sciences, and on methodological and merit specific of philosophy - K_W02
3. Student knows terminology of the basic philosophical systems - K_W03

1. Student can use the basic theoretical concepts, research paradigms and notions that are the most appropriate for studying a particular discipline in the arts within the most typical professional situations - K_U04
2. Student can choose the most suitable tools for interpreting and analysing philosophical text; summarizes and analyses philosophical arguments; identifies their key theses, assumptions and consequences - K_U05
3. Student has linguistic skills in the fields of arts and sciences that are appropriate for the studied subject – K_U09

1. Student is able to analyse situations and problems and is able to formulate by himself/herself proposals for their solution - K_K04
2. Student is aware of the role of philosophy and the responsibility for saving the cultural heritage of a region, country, Europe - K_K05
Teaching method
(1) Traditional lecture elements with handouts, (2) Classical text readings, (3) Interactive methods, (4) Workshop’s methods, (5) Questioning methods (techniques).
Course content description
The tutorial is providing an introductory course of the history of philosophy through the major themes and philosophers. It consists of the main philosophical standpoints such as, among others, of Pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, St Thomas Aquinas, two main streams in modern philosophy: Continental Rationalism and British Empiricism, I. Kant, G. W. Hegel, A. Comte, F. Nietzsche, American Pragmatism, Phenomenology, Analytic Philosophy, and Existentialism. Tutorials give an opportunity for students to gain and broaden their knowledge about crucial categories, arguments and conceptual schemas elaborated by philosophers through the course of the history of philosophy. It consists mostly in the close reading and discussion of their classical texts, which gives students a chance to acquire the competence and tools of the philosophical analysis. It gives also a tool for critical thinking and deeper self-consciousness as regards different opinions and ideas.
Forms of assessment
(W) – student does not have a basic knowledge of the main topics in history of philosophy
(U) – student does not have a competence in analysing classical texts and does not understand the basic content of the tutorials; student is not able to offer any conceptual solution for the discussed problem
(K) – student is not engaged in the process of acquiring the knowledge offered within tutorials and does not fulfil tutorial’s aims and tasks, does not engage himself into the discussion of the raised problems

Barely Pass
(W) – student gained general but limited knowledge of the main topics in history of philosophy
(U) – student barely can analyse and understand the contents of tutorials; with tutor’s assistance student is able to analyse and reconstruct classical texts.
(K) – student attends the classes, but is passive

Good Pass
(W) – student has gained a good knowledge of the main topics in history of philosophy
(U) – student is able easily to demonstrate his knowledge on the main topics in history of philosophy and is able to apply the knowledge to a problematic situation; student can analyse classical texts without any serious difficulty
(K) – student is active at the classes and is willing to broaden his knowledge

Very Good Pass
(W) – student has systematized and wide knowledge of the main topics in history of philosophy
(U) – student is highly competent as regard the classical texts analysis and is able easily to refer to the secondary sources
(K) – student is very active at the classes and takes an initiative with broadening his knowledge

Form of the Assessment: Oral Colloquium.
Required reading list
The Primary Reading List:
(1) R.H. Popkin (ed.), The Columbia History of Western Philosophy, New York: Columbia University Press 2006; (2) A. Kenny, An Illustrated Brief History of Western Philosophy, Oxford: Blackwell 1999; (3) A. Kenny, A New History of Western Philosophy, Oxford-New York: Oxford University Press 2012.

The Secondary Reading List:
(1) A. Kenny, Ancient Philosophy: A New History of Western Philosophy, Vol. 1, New York: Oxford University Press 2004; (2) A. Kenny, Medieval Philosophy: A New History of Western Philosophy, Vol. 2, New York: Oxford University Press 2005; (3) A. Kenny, The Rise of Modern Philosophy: A New History of Western Philosophy, Vol. 3, New York: Oxford University Press 2006; (4) A. Kenny, Philosophy in the Modern World: A New History of Western Philosophy, Vol. 4, New York: Oxford University Press 2008; (5) F. Copleston, History of Philosophy, 9 vols (various editions); (6) B. Russel, History of Western Philosophy (various editions); (7) É. Gilson, History of Christian Philosophy in the Middle Ages, New York: Random House 1953; (8) Classical philosophical works by Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Comte, Marx, Nietzsche, Husserl, Russell, Wittgenstein, Sartre, Levinas (further details on required reading selections from the works will be given at the lecture); (9) Selected essays from the Cambridge Companions series, especially from those on Plato (R. Kraut), Aristotle (J. Barnes), Augustine (N. Kretzmann, E. Stumpf), Aquinas (E. Stumpf, N. Kretzmann), Descartes (J. Cottingham), Kant (P. Guyer), Hegel (F. Beiser), Marx (T. Carver); (10) Relevant entries from E. Craig\'s “Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy” and online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (http//
Field of study: Philosophy
Course listing in the Schedule of Courses:
Year/semester:Year I - Semester 1
Number of ECTS credits: 4
Form of assessment: Grade