- 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: Philosophy, Its Subject Matter and MethodsMOOC 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 logic and of linguistic analysis in philosophical inquiry; the main problems of philosophy; the continental and the analytical tradition in philosophy. The structure of arguments: premisses, conclusions, validity.
- Ontology: On What There IsDiscussion 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.
- Philosophy of Language: Meaning and SayingDiscussion topics: the problem of meaning; sense and reference; externalism vs. internalism. Knowledge of language as a productive capacity. Language as a distinctive property of humans.
- Epistemology: What Do We Know?MOOC topics: “What is Knowledge? And Do We Have Any?” (Week 2), Lesson 1. Discussion topics: sense data and external objects; realism and skepticism; ways to define knowledge; the role of intuition in the arbitration between philosophical accounts.
- Philosophy of Science: Uniformity of Nature?Discussion topics: the problem of induction; from phenomena to laws of nature; fulfilling the task of “staying in touch with reality” via verifiablity or falsifiability; demarcation.
- Philosophy of Mind: The Elusive MindMOOC topics: “Minds, Brains and Computers” (Week 4), Lessons 1–2. Discussion topics: qualia; epiphenomena; physicalism and functionalism vs. dualism vs. logical behaviourism.
- Free Will: Can We Do Otherwise?MOOC topics: “Do We Have Free Will and Does It Matter” (Week 5), Lessons 1–2. Discussion topics: (in)determinism and (in)compatibilism; determinism and modern science; modern libertarianism.
- Ethics: The Status of MoralityMOOC 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; “ought” and “is”.
- Political Philosophy: Limits of State InterventionDiscussion topics: different notions of freedom; freedoms and rights; paternalism; distributive justice; limits of redistribution.
- Social Philosophy: The Global FutureDiscussion topics: “the end of history”; multiculturalism; the future of liberal democracy.
- 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.
- Midterm test
- 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 * Essay + 0.4 * Exam + 0.3 * In-class performance + 0.15 * Midterm test
- 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