Course: Philosophy of History

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Course title Philosophy of History
Course code KFI/FDF
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Demjančuk Nikolaj, Doc. PhDr. CSc.
  • Špelda Daniel, Doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Profant Martin, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Course provides an overview of development of philosophy of history from ancient period to the present day. Ancient philosophy of history. Cyclic conception of history. Christian and medieval conception of history. Renaissance philosophy of history. Modern philosophy of history - idea of progress of cognition. Philosophy of history in the period of enlightenment - idea of progress of mankind. Philosophy of history in the philosophy of 19th century (Kant, Herder, Hegel, Marx, positivism, historism, vitalism). Philosophy of history in the 20th century and criticism of philosophy of history (postmodernism, Blumenberg, Marquard).

Learning activities and teaching methods
Seminar classes, Lecture
  • Contact hours - 52 hours per semester
  • Graduate study programme term essay (40-50) - 52 hours per semester
professional knowledge
Course requires no special prior knowledge and skills.
learning outcomes
Students explicate main interpretations of both historical and systematic significance and they use key terms of philosophy of history correctly. They summarize basic ideas of the significant philosophers who were concerned with problems of history.
teaching methods
Seminar classes
assessment methods
Seminar work
Recommended literature
  • Demandt, Alexander. Philosophie der Geschichte : von der Antike zur Gegenwart. Köln : Böhlau, 2011. ISBN 978-3-412-20757-1.
  • Holzbachová, Ivana. Filozofie dějin: problémy a perspektivy. 1. vyd. Brno : Masarykova univerzita v Brně, 2004. ISBN 80-210-3593-5.
  • Horyna, Břetislav. Idea Evropy : pohledy do filosofie dějin. Vyd. 1. Praha : Argo, 2001. ISBN 80-7203-299-2.
  • Loewenstein, Bedřich. Víra v pokrok : dějiny jedné evropské ideje. Vyd. 1. Praha : OIKOYMENH, 2009. ISBN 978-80-7298-303-2.
  • Popper, K., R. Bída historicismu. Praha, 2000. ISBN 80-86005-80-1.
  • Rohbeck, Johannes. Aufklärung und Geschichte : über eine praktische Geschichtsphilosophie der Zukunft. Berlin : Akademie-Verlag, 2010. ISBN 978-3-05-004686-0.
  • Schloßberger, Matthias. Geschichtsphilosophie. Berlin : Akademie-Verlag, 2013. ISBN 978-3-05-004549-8.
  • Sommer, Andreas Urs. Sinnstiftung durch Geschichte? : zur Entstehung spekulativ-universalistischer Geschichtsphilosophie zwischen Bayle und Kant. Basel : Schwabe, 2006. ISBN 978-3-7965-2214-7.
  • White, Hayden. Metahistorie : historická imaginace v Evropě devatenáctého století. Vyd. 1. Brno : Host, 2011. ISBN 978-80-7294-376-0.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Sociology (14-4) Social sciences 3 Summer
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Philosophy (13-2,3) Philosophy, theology 2 Summer
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Philosophy (13-4) Philosophy, theology 2 Summer
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Sociology (17-1) Social sciences 3 Summer
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Sociology (15-2,3) Social sciences 3 Summer