FI1001 - Classical and Modern Philosophy


New from the academic year 2022/2023

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Written exam 100/100 6 hours E

Course content

The course gives a basic introduction to the history of Western philosophy, from Plato and Aristotle to the end of the 19th century. The course is based primarily on original texts by philosophers central to the Western philosophical tradition, for instance Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Kant and Hegel. The significance of these texts is explored further through the study of secondary literature and/or texts by less well-known philosophers.

The course-texts are taught in chronological order. The course will explore systematic connections between questions within theoretical and practical philosophy in the texts, for instance by emphasizing the way a specific conception of human beings as entities who act may influence basic concepts within metaphysics or the way epistemological considerations determine ethical, aesthetical, and politcal theories. The course also highlights the way such conceptions are reinterpreted in the later philosophical tradition.

Learning outcome

According to the course curriculum, a candidate who passes this course is expected to have the following learning outcome, defined as knowledge and skills:


  • has knowledge of crucial thoughts of thinkers central to the Western philosophical tradition.
  • has knowledge of connections between metaphysical and epistemological positions, and ethical and political theories in the history of Western philosophy.
  • has knowledge of how conceptions of nature, society, and human beings develop and change.


  • can read and analyze original texts from the history of philosophy (in translation).
  • can consider and discuss the way different conceptions of reality, human nature, ethics and politics may mutually affect each other.
  • can contextualize philosophical theories within a broader systematical and historical framework.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars and self-study.

The lectures cover and explain central aspects of the syllabus texts. The seminars give the students the opportunity to study select passages from syllabus texts in greater depth.

In order to sit the exam, an approved obligatory activity is required. For more information on the obligatory activity, see Blackboard. The obligatory activity can only be approved the semester the course is taught, but is valid for this and the subsequent semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved obligatory activity

Further on evaluation

Evaluation by 6-hour written exam. No syllabus materials allowed.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

The required reading list will be available at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FI1401 7.5 AUTUMN 2022
FI1202 7.5 AUTUMN 2022
FI1102 15.0 AUTUMN 2022
HFFI112 15.0 AUTUMN 2022
FI1201 7.5 AUTUMN 2022
FI1402 7.5 AUTUMN 2022
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies


Examination arrangement: Written exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Written exam 100/100 E 2022-12-16 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL274 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL111 brun sone Sluppenvegen 14 4
SL111 lyseblå sone Sluppenvegen 14 52
SL271 Sluppenvegen 14 1
Spring ORD Written exam 100/100 E 2023-05-10 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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