FIL2000 – Introduction to philosophical methodology

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Course content

This course provides an introduction to the central issues in philosophical methodology. An overarching goal is to provide an insight into the nature of philosophical argumentation and reasoning. Each semester some of the following topics will be covered:

  • The nature of intuitions and their role in philosophical argumentation
  • Role and nature of reflective equilibrium and its role in philosophy
  • The a priori, Conceptual analysis and engineering: Their role in philosophy
  • Experimental philosophy
  • Feminist approaches to philosophical methodology
  • Definitions of 'philosophy': what's philosophy and what is not?
  • Progress and disagreement in philosophy: Is there any progress? Why so much disagreement?
  • The connection between systematic philosophy and the history of philosophy
  • The value of formalization in philosophy
  • Introduction to traditions in philosophical methodology: E.g.: ordinary language philosophy, pragmatism, phenomenology, naturalism

Learning outcome

After having completed the course, you will

  • be able to demonstrate insight into different views of appropriate philosophical methodology
  • be able to give a precise and argumentative presentation of central problems in philosophical methodology
  • be able to describe and assess the methods involved in philosophical texts


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14 double sessions which will be a combination of lectures and seminars. The following compulsory tuition activities must be completed and accepted as satisfactory in order to be able to sit the exam:

  • 2 written assignments of 2-3 pages à 2300 characters each

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A 4-hours school exam.


All compulsory tuition activities must be completed and accepted as satisfactory in order to qualify for the exam.


Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

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Facts about this course






The course is offered on an irregular basis.


The course is offered on an irregular basis.

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)