FIL2505 – Recent history of philosophy: Continental philosophy

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Course content

The content of the course may vary on occasion, but its point of departure is the heritage of Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Marx, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Freud and Husserl. All these thinkers had a major impact on the European continent and together they animated the currents that have influenced European philosophy ever since: phenomenology, existentialism, and post-structuralism represented by amongst others Heidegger, Sartre, Foucault and Derrida. A common collective term for this tradition is “continental philosophy”, even though not all philosophers on the continent have embraced this tradition and even though it has many adherents outside of the continent. The course will accentuate the historical connections of continental philosophy and highlight the points in common with British and American philosophy.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course, you are expected to:

  •  have a good knowledge of the core texts of the course
  •  have a certain knowledge of the debate concerning the topic
  •  be able to describe the main aspects of the topic in a consistent and clear manner
  •  be able to discuss the topic in a rather independent and critical manner


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Overlapping courses


14 two-hours seminars and lectures. All students are expected to attend on a regular basis and to participate actively. The course has the following compulsory tuition activities:

  • Either an oral presentation at the seminar or a written assignment of 4-5 pages which is to be submitted in Canvas. The students will be asked to give feedback to one another.

All compulsory tuition activities must be accepted as satisfactory in order to complete the exam. The activities are only valid the semester they are completed.

This is how you apply for a valid absence from compulsory activities/compulsory attendance.



Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


A 3-days take home exam of 7-9 pages, excl bibliography and footnotes, which is to be submitted in Inspera within the deadline published on the semester pages.

All compulsory tuition activities must be completed and accepted as satisfactory in order to be able to hand in the term paper.

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.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

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

Du kan besvare eksamen på norsk, svensk, dansk eller engelsk. Søknad om engelsk oppgavetekst sender du til kontaktpunktet for emnet.

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

Resit an examination

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


All courses are subject to continuous evaluation. The Department's assessments of courses are
available at our web-pages
but generally only in Norwegian.

Facts about this course






Spring 2021

Unfortunately this course will not be offered in spring 2022.


Spring 2021

Unfortunately this course will not be offered in spring 2022.

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