FIL4560 – History of philosophy from 600 BC until the 17th century
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
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.
Course contents autumn 2020:
In this course we shall focus on the philosophy of Plotinus (205-270 AD). Plotinus was the founder of so-called Neoplatonism, which was the dominating philosophical movement in Late Antiquity. Understandably, Neoplatonism deeply influenced both early Christian and Islamic thought and set permanent marks on the history of philosophy till the 18th century, and in some cases beyond. In the course Neoplatonism’s outlook on the world will be presented primarily though texts by and on Plotinus. We are going to read the treatises “The three primary hypostases” (Ennead V.1), “On what are and whence come evils” (Ennead I.8), and ”On wellbeing” (Ennead I.4) and "On whether wellbeing increases with time" (Ennead I.5.). As these readings suggest, in addition to introducing Plotinus' thought, there will be a focus on his views on happiness which invite to a comparison with Aristotle.
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.
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Requires admission to the Master's programme in philosophy.
- 10 credits overlap with FIL4580 – History of philosophy from 600 BC until the 17th century with long essay
- 10 credits overlap with FIL4561 – Ancient Philosophy and its Key Concepts
24 hours of seminars and lectures. The course has the following compulsury tuition avtivities:
- Active participation in Canvas. You must post 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.
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
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.
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