FIL2700 – Major - History of philosophy until the 17th century

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

This course is based on the introductory course FIL1005 – Innføring i filosofihistorie frem til 1800. The topics of the course are works/epochs/schools/ideas in the history of philosophy from around 600 BC until the Renaissance. Texts and focus may vary, but important names will be Heraklit, Parmenides, Sokrates, Platon, Aristoteles, hellenistic philosophers, neo-platonists, Augustin, Boethius, Thomas Aquinas, Ockham, Montaigne and Galieo.

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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Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with FIL2501 – Fordypning - Filosofihistorie (discontinued)


24 hours of seminars and lectures.

Teaching takes place throughout the semester with two hours per week. There are two compulsory tuition activities:

  • One written grouassignment of 3-4 pages à 2300 characters based on the oral presentation
  • One oral group presentation in class.
  • Mandatory presence at the seminars (you must be present minimum 9 out of 12 times)

Information about deadlines etc will be published in Canvas.

These activities are only valid for one semester.

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



An essay of 10 pages à 2300 characters exclusive bibliography.

You submit your essay in Canvas.

When you write an essay you are entitled to receive individual tutoring. However, this requires that you submit a draft to your teacher. An exact deadline for handing in the draft will be given by the teacher during the seminar. In order to maintain the right to sit the exam, all compulsory tuition activities must be approved.

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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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






The course will not be offered autum 2020.


The course will not be offered autumn 2020.

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)