FIL4532 – Recent history of philosophy: Continental philosophy

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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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 as well as secondary litterature
  •  have a good 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 an independent and critical manner


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Requires admission to the Master's programme in philosophy.

Overlapping courses


12 double sessions of combined 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:

  • over the course of the semester the student should submit 8 of 10 reflection papers in Canvas of 1 page each

All compulsory activities must be accepted as satisfactory in order to sit for the final exam. The obligatory activity is valid only the semester the course is offered.


A semester essay of approximately 10 pages à 2.300 characters, excl. bibliography.

You submit your essay in Inspera.

When you write an essay you are entitled to individual tutoring. This requires however that you submit a draft to your teacher within a given deadline. This will be announced at the seminar.

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

Assessment criteria spring 2019.


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.

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






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)