UBKKDBP005 Philosophy I

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Winter 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Petr Slováček, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Petr Slováček, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Petr Slováček, Ph.D.
Institute of The Czech Language and Library Science - Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Mon 11:25–12:10 H3
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
UBKKDBP005/A: Mon 13:05–13:50 H3, P. Slováček
UBKKDBP005/B: Mon 13:55–14:40 H3, P. Slováček
UBKKDBP005/C: Mon 14:45–15:30 H3, P. Slováček
Compulsory, 13p+13s.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course Philosophy I is focused on acquainting students with the western pre-modern philosophical tradition. The scope of the course is then determined mainly problematically, with the emphasis on lectures and seminars on the changes in philosophical thinking. In connection with well-known names from the history of philosophy, basic philosophical problems (epistemological, ontological, ethical and political) and changes in the assumptions on the basis of which these problems were solved will be presented. The accompanying goal of the course will also be to emphasize the importance of the philosophical tradition for what we could understand as European culture.
Learning outcomes
Students will be acquainted with the main characters and problems of Western philosophers to the extent specified in the syllabus.
  • 1. Introduction - introduction of the subject (in general), acquaintance with compulsory and recommended literature. Basic philosophical concepts. 2. The first philosophers - the beginnings of philosophy, the relationship between philosophy (logo) and myth 3. Sophists - turn to man, the relationship between nature (physis) and laws (nomoi), the possibility of knowledge 4. Socrates - elenchos as a tool of philosophizing, care for the soul as an ethical and political imperative 5. Plato - Plato's theory of ideas and its relation to philosophical anthropology and politics 6. Aristotle - basic notes on theoretical and practical sciences 7. Philosophical schools of the Hellenistic period - stoicism, epicureanism, cynicism, change of the role of philosophy outside the context of the Greek polis 8. Philosophia togata - reception of Greek philosophy in the Roman context, the clash of Greek and Roman virtues 9. The beginnings of Christian philosophy - forms of the relationship of Christian thinkers to Greek philosophy, the relationship of faith and reason 10.Aurelius Augustinus - Augustine's metaphysics, anthropology and political philosophy 11.Arabic medieval philosophy - translatio studiorum, the journey of Aristotle's work to the Latin West and the consequences of its mediated reception 12.Tomas Aquinas - metaphysics, anthropology and political philosophy, Thomistic tradition 13.Renaissance philosophy - transition between the Middle Ages and the Modern Age, analogy as a Renaissance epistemological paradigm
    required literature
  • COPLESTONE, F. Ch. Dějiny filosofie I. Olomouc: Refugium Velehrad Roma, 2014.
  • SLOVÁČEK, P. Filosofické základy psychologie Tomáše Akvinského. Opava: Slezská univerzita v Opavě, 2014.
  • SLOVÁČEK, P. Tomášova metafyzika člověka  člověk jako prostřední článek hierarchie stvoření. Filozofia 71, 2016, č. 6, s. 462473.
    recommended literature
  • PLATÓN. Faidros. Praha: Oikoymenh, 2018.
  • ARISTOTELÉS. Etika Níkomachova. Praha: Rezek, 1996.
  • AKVINSKÝ, T. Komentář k Etice Níkomachově II. kniha. Olomouc: Krystal OP, 2014.
  • ARISTOTELÉS. Metafyzika. Praha: Rezek, 2008.
  • PLATÓN. Obrana Sókratova. Praha: Oikoymenh, 2018.
  • COPLESTONE, F. Ch. Dějiny filozofie III. Olomouc: Refugium Velehrad Roma, 2017.
  • COPLESTONE, F. Ch. Dějiny filosofie II. Olomouc: Refugium Velehrad Roma, 2016.
Teaching methods
Lecures, class discussion
Assessment methods
Attendance at seminars (75%). Active approach. Study of assigned texts. Paper (presentation of own interpretation of the given text). Final written verification of aquired knowledge.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2020.
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