FI1401 - History of Philosophy 1


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 1/2 4 hours E
Assignment 1/2

Course content

Western philosophy began in ancient Greece, where Plato’s and Aristotle’s writings and ideas formed the subject of philosophy as we know it today. At the end of the Renaissance René Descartes took up questions about the nature of consciousness and knowledge in a new way. Today all epistemologists and moral philosophers must relate to the 18th century thinker David Hume.

The curriculum consists largely of original texts, and the main emphasis is on making students familiar with the philosophers' own writings. These are, however, illustrated by secondary literature from our own time. The courses also provide a general overview of the history of western philosophy from Antiquity to the Early Modern period.

Learning outcome

A candidate who has passed the course is expected to have the following knowledge and skills, as assessed in relation to the course curriculum:

- has knowledge of the main features of the philosophical positions of Plato, Aristotle, Descartes and Hume.
- has more detailed knowledge of some key texts of the above philosophers.

- has the ability to read philosophical original texts (in translation) from Antiquity to the Early Modern period and to relate to secondary literature on these.
- has the ability to see the arguments of the above philosophers in relation to one other, and to philosophical issues of own time.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, groups and self-study. In order to sit the exam, students must submit and get approved one written assignment (1600-3200 words, 12-point Times New Roman, 1.5 line spacing.)The written assignment is only given in the semester when the subject is taught, but is valid for this and the subsequent semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignment

Further on evaluation

Evaluation by essay and four-hour written exam (no syllabus materials permitted). The written exam aims to a greater extent to test breadth of knowledge. Both parts are weighted equally. The individual parts will not be graded, evaluation by an overall grade. In order for the students to pass, both exam parts must be considered to have a level that would have been equivalent to a passing grade. In case of retakes, students must redo both exams.

Essay is written on the basis of the written assignment after feedback from group leader/supervision, and should be 2400-4000 words long.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. 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
FI1102 7.5 01.09.2016
HFFI112 7.5 01.09.2016
FI1201 7.5 01.09.2016
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies



Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 1/2
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 1/2
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 1/2 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 1/2 E
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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