Course code Filz1025
Faculty Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Optometry, Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art, Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 22 10 48
E-courses Filz1025: Introduction to Philosophy I
Course annotation In this course students will study the main problems and questions of philosophy, such as - What is knowledge? What is value? What goes into making an action right or wrong? What is to live happy? What is to think and to act rationally? Can we be responsible for our behavior? What is it for sign to have meaning? What is historical thinking? – as well as a certain critical way of looking at things, approaching issues, clarifying concepts, and evaluating positions and arguments. Philosophers raise questions about human being, nature and environment, communication and culture. Through the exploration of these questions, the course will introduce students to the major branches of philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, value theories and philosophy of art. During the tutorial students are working in collaboration with the leading specialists and have a seminars, discussions and practical trainings.

Course responsible lecturer Raivis Bičevskis
Results A considerable proportion of the tutorial is devoted to self-dependent studies of the different philosophical sources and study aids. The aim of studies, are to develop the competence, the ability to judge on the current problems and questions in philosophy, the skill to use philosophical argumentation and methods.
Course plan 1. The Philosophy: historical perspective. L2
2. Philosophy and Culture. The Forms of culture and Philosophy. L2
3. Philosophy between Knowledge and Wissdom. L2
4. The Foundation and the Argument in the Philosophy. L2
5. The Problem of Meaning. Meaning and consciousness. L2
6. Consciousness as philosophical Question. L2
7. Language as philosophical Question. L2
8. Language and Knowledge. Language and consciousness. L2
9. Method as philosophical Question. L2
10. Logic in the Philosophy. L1
11. Philosophy and Science. Scientific Way and the philosophical Way L1
12. Philosophy and Cultural sciences. L2
13.–16. What is to live happy? Philosophy and Ethics. Art of Life. S10

Requirements for obtaining credit points Seminars – 25 %; tests – 20%; text studies – 15%; exam – 40%

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