FIL4560 – History of Philosophy From 600 BC Until the 17th Century

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Course content

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.

Please take a look at the semester pages for a more detailed description of the content fall 2021.


Learning outcome

The aim is to give the participants an in depth understanding of philosophical problems from this period and to show their relevance for later discussions.


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.


24 hours of seminars and lectures. The course has the following compulsury tuition avtivities:

  • Active participation in Canvas. You must answer a question to the text/part of the text which we will go through in next week's seminar a minimum 8 out of 12 times. More information will be given at the seminar. The activity is closely linked to the teaching, and is therefore only valid the semester it is completed.

How to apply for valid absence from obligatory activity / mandatory presence




A semester essay of approximately 10 pages. The topic must be approved of by the responsible teacher. You submit your essay in Inspera.

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.

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

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