IDE2049 – Competing Worldviews: Specialization in Early Modern Thought (c. 1500-1800)

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Course content

This course focuses on the development of those new modes of thought that could be called «modern» during the Early Modern period (approx. 1500–1800), focusing especially upon themes, debates and concepts concerned with challenging existing conceptions of God, the world, nature, man and history. Particular emphasis will be placed on ways in which new knowledge gradually replaced older ideas and notions. The thematic focus may vary from one semester to another, and while the recommended secondary literature will focus on specific issues and fields, the primary texts will exemplify these issues in various ways.

Learning outcome

After completing this course the student is expected to have acquired:

  • knowledge about the early modern period
  • in depth knowledge within one limited field
  • the ability to understand different philosophers and traditions influenced early modern thought
  • skills in deliberating and imparting central features of early modern thought
  • skills in reading and presenting relatively challenging texts and contextualizing them within the history of ideas


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14 double sessions of lectures/seminars. We expect you to be well prepared and participate actively in the seminars.

In order for you to qualify for the final examination, the following compulsory tuition activity must be approved by the teacher:

  • Oral presentation


Three-day home assignment, 8-10 pages à 2300 characters (excl. bibliography)

In order for you to qualify for the final examination, the compulsory tuition activity 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 assignments in Inspera.

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.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






The course is offered on an irregular basis.

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)