My Introduction to Philosophy class: PHI102 Examen Philosophicum

Examen philosophicum is a 10 credits national intro course that is mandatory for all bachelor students in Norway. This is my version of it.

I use handouts for all my university classes and academic talks, inspired by Stephen Mumford and his excellent handout method for academic writing. Since I do some editing on my handouts each semester, I will post them here as I go as pdf files (preview works only on computer). This semester, because of digital teaching, I have made a syllabus in podcast episodes.

History of Philosophy and Ethics

Epistemic relativism (pre-Socratics, the sophists, Socrates, doxa vs. episteme)

Moral relativism (Protagoras, the Sophists, conventionalism)

Plato’s theory of Forms (ontology, epistemology, the cave allegory, the divided line)

Plato’s moral and political philosophy (the ideal state, education, the virtues of the soul and the state)

Aristotle (substance, form and matter, four causes, change, TELOS)

Aristotle’s ethics (virtue ethics, the Golden Mean, types of soul, happiness)

Virtue ethics (different versions of virtue ethics, argumentation)

René Descartes (Cogito argument, dualism, doubt, scepticism, God)

Mary Astell (rationalism, dualism, virtues, feminism)

David Hume (empiricism, causation, the problem of induction)

David Hume (consequentialist ethics, naturalistic fallacy, sympathy)

Mary Wollstonecraft (social equality, feminism)

Immanuel Kant (analytic, synthetic, apriori, aposteriori, Ding an sich)

Duty ethics (Kant’s ethics, categorical imperative, autonomy)

Utilitarianism (Bentham, Mill, Singer, greatest happiness principle)

Hannah Arendt (the banality of evil, totalitarianism, political philosophy)

Here is a short-answer repetition test I made based on the handouts and podcast syllabus for History of Philosophy and Ethics.

Philosophy of Science

Philosophical bias in science (expert disagreement, transparency of argument)

Scientific methods (induction, deduction, abduction, pluralism, falsification)

Scientific progress (scientific paradigms and revolutions, normal science, serendipity)

Data and theory (raw data, the empiricist ideal, Big Data, Hansson, Leonelli)

Scientific anarchism and democracy (Feyerabend, Harding, Whose science, whose knowledge)