Course: History of Philosophy III: Modern Age

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Course title History of Philosophy III: Modern Age
Course code KFHS/B111
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Klouda Jiří, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Moural Josef, doc. RNDr. CSc.
Course content
1. Starting point of the modern philosophy: the intellectual situation of the late 16th and early 17th century. Basic characteristics of modern philosophy, its main periods. 2.-3. René Descartes. 4. Descartes' contemporaries and followers: Thomas Hobbes, Marin Mersenne, Pierre Gassendi, Antoine Arnauld, the Occasionalists. 5.-6. Baruch Spinoza, Nicolas Malebranche, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, 7. John Locke, George Berkeley. 8.-9. The Enlightenment: Pierre Bayle, Isaac Newton, the French Enlightenment, 10.-11. David Hume. 12.-13. Immanuel Kant.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
This is a survey course of a period of the history of philosophy, which follows after two previous courses (ancient, medieval+renaissance), which brought the topic up to the first quarter of the 17th century. The main figures and topics of modern philosophy (up to the end of the 18th century) will be discussed.
After having passed the course, students will be able to continue studying modern philosophy and, eventually, to teach it on a high-school level.

Assessment methods and criteria
Understanding the content of the lectures (or at least the main points). Attending the seminar, being prepared for it, one oral presentation (of the summary of the preceding week class).
Recommended literature
  • D. Hume. Zkoumání o lidském rozumu. Praha, 1996. ISBN 80-205-0521-0.
  • H. Höffding, J. Král. Přehledné dějiny filosofie, s. 93-154. xerox. Praha, 1941.
  • R. Descartes. Meditace o první filosofii. Praha, 2010. ISBN 978-80-7298-427-5.

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