HFL438 European Classical Philosophy

Code HFL438
Name European Classical Philosophy
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Post-graduate Studies, Academic
Field of study History and Philosophy
Academic staff Gunārs Ozolzīle, Laila Girsova
Credit points 2.0 (3.0 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation Introduction to the problems of philosophy. Ancient Greek philosophy (the Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle and their successore). Medieval pfilosophy (Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Duns Scotus, William of Ockham). Modern philosophy (F.Bacon, Hobbes, Decartes, Spinoza, Locke, Berkley, hume). German criticism (Kant) and absolute idealism (Hegel). European metaphysics (teachings about existence) and rationalism (as the main method of realizing existence) achieves its highest point, developing themes in modern philosophy about substance, cognition and objectivity criterion about truth and also scientific methods of establishing them. .
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
Study and learn to skillfully and systematically cultivate philosophical consciousness as an essential every individual necessity, without which a formation of a human persona is impossible. Discover and evaluate the intellectual sources of European spiritual culture focusing on the unfailing resources of it. Learn to use in study process acquired thinking skills for shaping your civic stance and in practically-professional activities. Master the heritage of Latvian philosophical ideas as the most essential part of our nation’s intellectual life. Also understand its contribution to the European spiritual life.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Manage the main guidelines of European classical philosophy and be able to express your own well- grounded opinion on philosophy, its history and role in the European cultural process. - Successful work in seminar program. Passed exam.
Be able to list and describe the main stages of European philosophical evolution assessing them in context. - Analyses of the chosen text.
Be able to describe and illustrate philosophical rationalism and constructive interactions between separate sciences in a methodical manner in a methodological aspect using significant examples. - Successful work in seminar program.
Be able to consequently ground and defend your own world view in creative discussions with people who have different opinions. - Essays and discussions in seminars
Course prerequisites The base for educational subjects in humanitarian sciences

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