Course: Philosophical Problems in Biology

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Course title Philosophical Problems in Biology
Course code KBI/P407
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Ipser Jan, RNDr. CSc.
Course content
1. Definition of life. Life and death. 2. Bioethics. Eugenics. Thanalology - euthanasia. 3. Origin of life - philosophical and methodological point of view. 4. Evolution vs creation - philosophical and methodological point of view. 5. Human race and racism. 6. Transgenosisi, genetic engineering, gene therapy, GMO - philosophical, ethical, and methodological point of view. 7. Migration of human populations, gene flow, multiculturalism - its concequentions and role in globalization process. 8. Reductionism, vitalism, holism, probabilism, structuralism, functionalism, anthropomorphism, voluntarism, and teleology in biology.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to provide information on the selected problems of modern biology (for example origin of life, theories on evolution vs creation of biological systems, eugenics, euthanasia, gene engineering and transgenosis, GMO, gene therapy, change of climate, human races, racial theories and racism, global migration, multiculturalism and its consequentions).


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Recommended literature
  • Anzenbacher. Úvod do filosofie, SPN, Praha. 1991.
  • Blecha, I. Filosofie, Olomouc. 1998.
  • Fajkus B. Filosofie a metodologie vědy. Academia Praha. 2005.
  • Fajkus B. Současná filosofie a metodologie vědy. Academia Praha. 1997.
  • Fürst M. Filozofie. Praha. 1995.
  • Störig. Malé dějiny filosofie. Zvon, Praha. 1993.
  • Šmajs J., Krob J. Úvod do ontologie. Brno. 1994.

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