USESE0002 Selected Philosophical Topics

Faculty of Public Policies in Opava
Winter 2014
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. PhDr. Dušan Janák, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Dušan Janák, Ph.D.
Institute of Central European Studies - Faculty of Public Policies in Opava
knowledge of philosophy on high school level
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
Course objectives
The course presupposes the knowledge of history of philosophy on the high school level. The lecture deepens the knowledge of history of philosophy - the fundamental philosophical concepts, categories, issues, disciplines and methods are explained on the basis of their changes in the course of history of the philosophical thinking. The particular focus is put on issues related to philosophical anthropology and to social proportion of the main issues of social philosophy as philosophy of relations between the individual and society and philosophy of social order, the relations of social philosophy to politics, ideology, law and ethics. The ethics will then follow the course of Philosophy. The main objective of the course for the students is to familiarize the principal concepts of philosophy, the means of solving important philosophical issues and to orient in the elementary issues of philosophical anthropology and social philosophy.
  • 1. Subject of philosophy, the division of philosophy, the origins of philosophy, Pre-Socratic philosophy
    2. Greek classical philosophy (Plato, Socrates, Aristotle) and philosophy of Hellenistic period
    3. The beginnings of Christianity and St. Augustine
    4. The medieval philosophy and renaissance philosophy
    5. The rise of modern philosophy and enlightenment concept of philosophy
    6. German classical philosophy: I. Kant and G. W. F. Hegel
    7. Marxism and neo-Marxism
    8. Positivism and neo-positivism
    9. Irrationalism and philosophy of life
    10. Phenomenology and existentialism
    11. Philosophical anthropology
    12. Philosophy of postmodern
    required literature
  • HOLZBACHOVÁ, I. Dějiny společenských teorií. Brno: MU, 2000. info
  • BLECHA, I. Filosofie. Olomouc: Nakl. Olomouc, 1998. info
  • STORIG, H. J. Malé dějiny filozofie. Praha: Zvon, 1992. info
    recommended literature
  • BLECHA, I. Filosofická čítanka. Olomouc: Nakladatelství Olomouc, 2000. info
  • TRETERA, I. Nástin dějin evropského myšlení. Praha: Paseka, 1999. info
  • KOL. Filosofický slovník. Olomouc: Nakl. Olomouc, 1998. info
  • SOKOL, J. Malá filosofie člověka a Slovník filosofických pojmů. Praha: Vyšehrad, 1998. info
  • PETŘÍČEK, M. Úvod do současné filosofie. Praha: Herrmann a synové, 1991. info
  • ANZENBACHER, A. Úvod do filosofie. Praha: SPN, 1990. ISBN 80-04-25414-4. info
Teaching methods
Interactive lecture
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Assessment methods
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
Teacher's information
Working-up a written seminar paper on chosen topic concerning the philosophical issues. During the oral exam, the student should demonstrate the knowledge of principal philosophical concepts, issues, disciplines and their transformations in the course of history of philosophy.
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2012, Winter 2013, Winter 2015.
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