Course detail

Philosophy for Technicans

FAST-5Z5Acad. year: 2020/2021

philosophy, philosophical system and terminology, history of philosophy, personalities in philosophy, survey of philosophy, philosophical systems, importance of philosophy for thinking about world, ethics and philosophy, contribution of philosophy, substance of philosophy.


Institute of Social Sciences (SPV)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

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Basic knowledge from secondary school from subjects "Foundantions of social sciences (philosophy)" or "Civics". Knowledge of elementar philosophical terminology, paradigmates, personalities in historical summary.


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Recommended optional programme components

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Recommended or required reading

SOLOMON, R. C.: A short history of philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press 1996
STORIG, H. J.: Malé dějiny filozofie. Praha: Zvon 1993
ARZENBACHER, A.: Úvod do etiky. Kostelní Vydří: Karmelitánské nakladatelství. 2002
MARENBON, J.: Medieval philosophy. London: Routledge 1998

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

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Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

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Work placements

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Course curriculum

1. The concept of "philosophy". Introduction to the philosophical system and terminology.
2. Ancient philosophy. Philosophy in Greece. The beginnings of philosophy.
3. The Milesian philosophical school and the other Greek philosophical systems (Eleatism, Atomism and the Pythagoreans).
4. Hellenistic philosophy. Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.
5. Philosophy before Christianity and at the beginning of the Christianity period. Neoplatonism, Epicurianism, Stoicism.
6. The philosophy of the Middle Ages. The universalism dispute.
St. Thomas Aquinss - pillar of medieval philosophy. Comparision with Aristotle and St. Augustine.
7. Early Modern philosophy. Philosophy of the Renaissance and Reformation. Cusanius, Bruno, Galilei, Bacon, Comenius and Descartes as personalities of the Renaissance and modern philosophy. Spinoza and Leibniz.
8. Rationalism and empiricism in philosophy. Locke, Berkeley, Hume and Descartes - duces and differences. Enlightenment and philosophy - Voltaire and Rousseau.
9. Immanuel Kant´s philosophy. The Critiques of Pure and Practical Reasaon. The Critique of Judgement.
10. Fichte, Schelling, Hegel and their contemporaries.
11. Positivism in philosophy. Schopenhauer, Heidegger and Nietzsche.
12. Phenomenology and hermeneutistics. Existantional philosophy.
13. Modern philosophy in the 20th century. The Vienna Circle. L. Wittgenstein. Systems and personalities.


Increasing of orientation in basic philosophical paradigms, periods and important personalities. Analysis of sources of philosophical thoughts with comparison to update science knowledge. Contribution of philosophical thought in history to development nature and technical sciences.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Type of course unit



13 hours, compulsory

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