FI1402 - History of Philosophy 2


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home exam 1/2 4 hours
Assignment 1/2
School exam 1/2 4 hours E

Course content

The empiricist John Locke is considered the founder of political liberalism. Immanuel Kant heralds a new era in philosophy, with reason put at the centre of science, ethics and politics. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel builds on Kant, but also raises philosophical questions in light of philosophy’s own historical development. In different ways, Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche both turn critically against this history, something which still characterizes contemporary philosophical debate. 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 in the period covered.

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:


The candidate

  • has knowledge of the main features of the philosophical positions of Locke, Kant, Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche
  • has more detailed knowledge of some key texts of the above philosophers


The candidate

  • has the ability to read philosophical original texts (in translation) from the late 1600s to the late 1800s 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 our 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 essay (2400-4000 words) is written on the basis of the obligatory assignment, but should be developed further after feedback from the seminar leader and possibly closer reading of the syllabus. 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. 

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
FI1102 7.5 AUTUMN 2016
HFFI112 7.5 AUTUMN 2016
FI1202 7.5 AUTUMN 2016
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

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 Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 1/2





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home exam 1/2





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 1/2





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 1/2 E 2022-05-30 15:00 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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