FIL2701 – History of philosophy from the 17th until the 19th century

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Course content

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.

Learning outcome

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


12 double sessions with seminars. The teaching takes place together with students in FIL4600.There are two compulsory tuition activities:

  • Mandatory presence and active participation at the seminars (you must be present at least 9 out of 12 times unless you have a valid reason and can provide documentation)
  • Two short summaries of reading material with 3 questions which have to be handed in directly to the teacher ahead of the meeting where this material will be discussed
  • A draft of the semester paper

All compulsory tuition activities must be accepted as satisfactory in order to qualify for the final exam. The activities are only valid for one semester.

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 semester essay of approximately 10 pages à 2.300 characters, excl. bibliography. You submit your essay in Inspera.

In order for you to qualify for the final examination, all compulsory tuition activities must be approved by the teacher.

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

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 in English or Norwegian as you prefer.

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.

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.

Facts about this course






Every spring

The course will not be offered spring 2021.


Every spring

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