Course: Philosophy of Enlightenment

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Course title Philosophy of Enlightenment
Course code KFI/FSF
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Murgaš Jaromír, PhDr. CSc.
Course content
David Hume, British moral philosophers and deists, ideas of Enlightenment: criticism of religion, deism, enlightened absolutism, social contract, revolution and its justification, Encyclopaedia, popularisation of science, empiricist epistemology and materialist ontology. Profiles of selected persons (Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot). Immanuel Kant's philosophy: Critique of Pure Reason, Critique of Practical Reason, Critique of Judgement.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Seminar classes, Lecture
  • Contact hours - 52 hours per semester
  • Undergraduate study programme term essay (20-40) - 35 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 43 hours per semester
professional knowledge
Course requires no special prior knowledge and skills.
learning outcomes
Students define and describe basic philosophical ideals of Enlightenment. They differentiate particular attitudes, introduce their line of reasoning and explain their relation to period intellectual, social and cultural context. Students contextualise particular philosophical viewpoints with the spirit of the period as a whole. They analyse and compare philosophical attitudes and ideas on the basis of reading of primary and secondary sources. Thanks to this they distinguish and formulate presuppositions and consequences of philosophical thoughts of Enlightenment. They sum up and evaluate their importance for later history of European culture and they consider critique of Enlightenment in the 20th century.
teaching methods
Seminar classes
assessment methods
Combined exam
Seminar work
Recommended literature
  • Coreth, Emerich; Schöndorf, Harald. Filosofie 17. a 18. století. null. Olomouc : Nakladatelství Olomouc, 2002. ISBN 80-7182-119-5.
  • Haakonsen, K. ed. The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • Halada, Jan; Feješ, Ján; Mládek, Jan. Osvícenství - věk rozumu. 1. vyd. Praha : SPN, 1984.
  • Im Hof, Ulrich. Evropa a osvícenství. Praha : Lidové noviny, 2001.
  • Israel, Jonathan I. Enlightenment contested : philosophy, modernity, and the emancipation of man 1670-1752. New York : Oxford University Press, 2006. ISBN 978-0-19-927922-7.
  • Israel, Jonathan I. Radical enlightenment : philosophy and the making of modernity 1650-1750. 1st pub. New York : Oxford University Press, 2002. ISBN 978-0-19-925456-9.
  • Röd, Wolfgang. Novověká filosofie. II, Od Newtona po Rousseaua. Praha : Oikoymenh, 2004. ISBN 80-7298-109-9.

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 Philosophy (13-2,3) Philosophy, theology 2 Summer
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Philosophy (13-4) Philosophy, theology 2 Summer