- Understanding of the main features of philosophical inquiry and of its core problems
- Knowledge of the most influential proposed solutions to the problems discussed
- Ability critically to read and interpret philosophical texts, to explicate background assumptions and to compare different viewpoints
- Academic writing and oral discussion skills
- Ability to learn and acquire new knowledge and skills, including in areas beyond his/her professional one
- Ability to solve problems in professional practice based on analysis and synthesis
- Ability to communicate efficiently based on communication goals and situations
- Ability to carry out occupational or applied activities in the international environment
- Ability to analyze socially significant problems and processes with impartiality and scientific objectivity
- Ability to use basic laws of the humanitarian and socio-economic sciences to solve professional tasks
- Ability to participate in analytical and consulting activities
- Introduction: Many Philosophies?Class 1 MOOC topics: “What is Philosophy?” (Week 1), Lessons 1–2. Discussion topics: philosophy as method and as lifestyle; philosophy vs. science vs. religion vs. art; the role of language and its analysis in philosophical inquiry; the main problems of philosophy; the continental and the analytical tradition in philosophy.
- Ethics (and Ontology)Class 2 MOOC topics: “Morality: Objective, Relative or Emotive?” (Week 2), Lessons 1–2. Discussion topics: consequentialist vs. deontological ethics; moral realism and moral antirealism; facts vs. values.
- Society and JusticeClass 3 Discussion topics: distributive justice; rationality vs. sentiment as basis for justice.
- The Constitution of RealityClass 4 Discussion topics: concreta vs. abstracta; universals vs. particulars; individuals vs. properties/relations; the explanatory role of abstract objects and universals and the worries of ontological minimalism.
- Language as Image and as InstrumentClass 5 Discussion topics: semantics as an exact discipline of science; reference; sense vs. denotation; descriptive vs. non-descriptive (imperative, interrogative, performative etc.) sentences; language games; the idea of meaning as use.
- The Problems of KnowledgeClass 6 MOOC topics: “What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?” (Week 2), Lesson 1. Discussion topics: sense data and external objects; causal vs. logical links; ways to define knowledge; the role of intuition in the arbitration between philosophical accounts.
- Science: In Touch with RealityClass 7 MOOC topics: “What Is Philosophy?” (Week 1), Lesson 2 (video 2); “Are Scientific Theories True?” (Week 4), Lesson 1. Discussion topics: from phenomena to laws of nature; the problem of causation; fulfilling the task of “staying in touch with reality” via verifiablity or falsifiability.
- Mind: The Hard ProblemClass 8 MOOC topics: “Minds, Brains and Computers” (Week 4), Lesson 1. Discussion topics: qualia; epiphenomena; physicalism and functionalism vs. dualism vs. logical behaviourism.
- Mind: We ThinkersClass 9 MOOC topics: “Minds, Brains and Computers” (Week 4), Lesson 2. Discussion topics: intentionality; intentional stance; the problems of agency and personal identity.
- Free WillClass 10 MOOC topics: “Do We Have Free Will and Does It Matter” (Week 5), Lessons 1–2. Discussion topics: determinism; the leeway left for indeterminism in the age of science; modern libertarianism; debates over the compatibility of free will and determinism; kinds of compatibilism
- In-class performanceSince in-class performance is evaluated every class on the basis of the students’ performance, in cases of documented absence the student will be allowed to submit a written discussion of the reading designated for the particular class.
- ExamDocumented absence at the final exam may be compensated by taking the exam according to the usual requirements on the day designated by the study office.
- Interim assessment (2 module)0.15 * Essay1 + 0.15 * Essay2 + 0.4 * Exam + 0.3 * In-class performance
- Craig, E. (2005). The Shorter Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=144847
- Kenny, A. (2010). A New History of Western Philosophy. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=516790
- Jaworski, W. (2011). Philosophy of Mind : A Comprehensive Introduction. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=510161
- McGinn, C. (2015). Philosophy of Language : The Classics Explained. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=956432
- White, M. J. (2012). Political Philosophy : An Historical Introduction (Vol. 2nd ed). New York: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=469383