History of Philosophy 7.5 credits

Filosofins historia
First cycle, F0002S
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2018 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by 23 Jan 2007

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 15 Jun 2018

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Main field of study

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
By the end of this course, the student shall be able to:

  • describe the main features of Western philosophy from ancient Greece to approximately the year 1900
  • relate some of the issues discussed in the history of philosophy to more modern discussions
  • show basic argumentative and interpretative skills relating to problems in the history of philosophy

The course provides a basic overview of central problems and figures in the history of Western philosophy. Examples of figures presented by the course are Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Leibniz, Hume and Kant. Emphasis is placed on philosophical understanding and not on the biographical or historical context of ideas.

The teacher-controlled tuition consists of lectures and seminars.

Assignment report.

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration, no later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

The following courses (comprising 7.5 credits each) are recommended for deeper studies in philosophy: F0001S, F0002S, F0004S (mandatory) and F0005S (mandatory).

Anders Odenstedt

Transition terms
The course F0002S is equal to KSS728

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2016 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Kenny, Anthony, Västerlandets filosofi (Stockholm: Thales, 2009). Selection.
Marc-Wogau, Konrad: Filosofin genom tiderna, Band 1, Antiken, medeltiden, renässansen (Stockholm: Bonniers 1983 or later eds.). Selection.
Marc-Wogau, Konrad: Filosofin genom tiderna, Band 2, 1600-talet, 1700-talet (Stockholm: Bonniers, 1986 or later eds.). Selection.

Articles comprising app. 100 pages.

Course offered by
Department of Arts, Communication and Learning

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0004Assignment reportsU G VG *7.50MandatoryA13