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. You can read them here (the preview works only on computer). This semester, because of digital teaching, I have made a syllabus in podcast episodes. For campus-based teaching, I have also organised Philosophy Film nights.

History of Philosophy and Ethics

Epistemic relativism – Knowledge is relative (pre-Socratics, the sophists, Socrates, doxa vs. episteme)

Moral relativism: Morality is relative (Protagoras, the Sophists, conventionalism)

Plato’s theory of Forms – Knowledge is ideal and abstract (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 on substance and change (substance, form and matter, four causes, change, TELOS)

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

René Descartes and mind-body dualism (Cogito argument, dualism, doubt, scepticism, God)

Mary Astell on vitue, education and autonomy (rationalism, dualism, virtues, feminism)

David Hume on empiricism (empiricism, causality, the problem of induction, Anscombe)

David Hume’s consequentialist ethics (consequentialist ethics, naturalistic fallacy, sympathy)

Mary Wollstonecraft on equal rights (social equality, feminism)

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

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

Hannah Arendt on politics, truth and ethics (the banality of evil, totalitarianism, political philosophy)

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

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

What is (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, intersectionality, Crenshaw)

Short answer test in Philosophy of Science

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