FIL2701 – History of philosophy from the 17th until the 19th century
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The main focus of this course will be on works/epochs/schools/ideas in the history of philosophy from the 17th century until the 19th century. Important names here are Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley and Hume within the filed of metaphysics and epistemology; Hobbes, Grotius, Locke, Hume, Smith og Kant within ethics and political philosophy.
After having completed the course, the students are expected to:
- have a good knowledge of the core texts for the course
- have a certain knowledge of the debate concerning the topic
- be able to discuss the topic in a rather independent and critical manner
- be able to describe in a consistent and clear manner what are the main aspects of the topic
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Recommended previous knowledge
- 5 credits overlap with FIL2500 – Fordypning - Filosofihistorie (discontinued)
- 5 credits overlap with FIL2501 – Fordypning - Filosofihistorie (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with FIL4600 – History of Philosophy 1600-1800
12 double sessions of seminar throughout the semester. The teaching takes place together with students in FIL4600.
There are two compulsory tuition activities:
- An oral group presentation in class
- Compulsory attendance at seminars (you must be present at least 10 out of 14 times)
The activities are only valid for one semester.
This is how you apply for a valid absence from compulsory activities/compulsory attendance <https://www.uio.no/english/studies/examinations/compulsory-activities/hf-oblig.html>.
These activities are only valid for one semester.
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 à 2.300 characters, excl. bibliography. The exam is to be submitted in Inspera. There the examination topic(s) will also be published.
All compulsory tuition activities must be accepted as satisfactory in order to qualify for the exam.
Submit assignments in Inspera
You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
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.
In order for you to qualify for the final examination, all compulsory tuition activities must be approved by the teacher.
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.