FIL4552 – 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 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.

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

Only master degree students in philosophy can formally enroll, and take the course for credits. The 30-credits version of the course is available only for students who choose to write a MA-essay, FIL4091, instead of a Master's Thesis, FIL4090, and therefore need further 30 credits.


14 double sessions with  seminars. The teaching takes place together with bachelor students following FIL2505 – Recent history of philosophy: Continental philosophy.

All students are expected to attend the seminar on a regular basis and to participate actively.

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 25-50 pages à 2.300 characters, excl. bibliography.

You submit your essay in Fronter.

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.


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

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

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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

This course will not be offered in the fall 2016, but in spring 2017.


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)