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Courses for Erasmus students offered by Department of Philosophy ("KFI")

  • KFI / AIF2 - Reading of English philosophical texts 2

The aim of the course is to teach students the orientation in English texts - especially in secondary (or primary) philosophical literature. Students also learn to formulate the basic ideas of the texts, search for the main claims and reconstruct the arguments in text. The course teaches students how to use foreign-language texts as sources of information for seminary papers and final theses.

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  • KFI / AIF3 - Reading of English philosophical texts 3

The aim of the course is to develop the students' ability to understand English philosophical texts and to interpret them. Work with texts will focus primarily on work with primary sources, on the detailed analysis of specific passages and on their translation. Students will be familiarized with the English tradition of critical editions of classical philosophical texts.

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  • KFI / AOH - English for Humanities

The aim is to teach students to analyze and interpret English scholarly texts in the Humanities such as philosophy, religious studies, esthetics and history. To strengthen the students’ orientation in scholarly texts by understanding their logical structure as well as by acquiring English terminology. To develop the students’ ability to summarize and express the main theses of a text. To spark the students’ interest in the scholarly literature of the field they study.

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  • KFI / APH - English for Humanities - Propedeutics

The aim is to introduce students into reading English scholarly texts. These texts will be chosen from the Humanities such as philosophy, religious studies, esthetics and history. To activate the students’ present knowledge of English and to strengthen it by reading less difficult texts. To familiarize students with the basic English terminology of the Humanities. To prepare students for the course KFI/AOH.

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  •   KFI / ATI - Text Analysis and Interpretation 

The aim of this course is to induce students to employ their knowledge of logic, theory of meaning, semantics, hermeneutics and theory of interpretation creatively and experimentally in reading and processing both scholarly and journalistic texts. Students will be taught to visualize, present and share the results of their logical analysis and interpretation. The theoretical principles of conceptual and mind mapping will be introduced and applied. The usability of various freeware tools for conceptual mapping will be examined and assessed.

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  • KFI / DAVD - History of Science in Antiquity 

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the history of science in the period from the Classical Antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages.
  
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  • KFI / DDS1D - Dissertation Thesis Seminary 1 and 2

The aim is to verify the students’ ability for independent research activity within the field of their study, in a way consistent with their future professional or research background. Emphasis is put on presentation skills.
  
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  • KFI / DNVD - The History of Early Modern Science 

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the history of science in the period from the 16th to the 18th century.
  
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  • KFI / DSVD - History of Science in the Middle Ages 

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the history of science in the period from the Classical Antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages.
  
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  • KFI / DS5D - Doctoral Seminar 5 and 6

The scope and aim of the seminar is to present the progress and results of work on the students’ dissertation. Doctoral students are regularly presenting the results of their work during their study and discussing their outputs (reviews, conference papers, studies, parts of their thesis). In the seminar, they have the opportunity to discuss and resolve the specific problems of their theses. The seminar also provides space for discussions about new publications. The course is also offered in English.
  
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  • KFI / D1D - Dissertation Thesis 1 and 2

The aim is to verify the students’ ability for independent research activity within the field of their study, in a way consistent with their future professional or research background. Emphasis is put on the critical selection of methods, the development of a relevant theoretical background, the thorough analysis of theoretical and empirical material and the students’ original contribution to the area of their research.

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  • KFI / FAVD - Aspects of Science of Consciousness 

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the debates about the conceptual and methodological problems of consciousness research from the 1980s to the present.
  
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  • KFI / FAV3 - Philosophy and Science 

This course focuses on the parallels between the development of science and philosophy respectively and on the contemporary problems of science in relation to the future of science. The course also examines the following topics: the character of science during the past two centuries; the question of scientific progress; historical instruction; the potential diversity of scientific disciplines as a medium of overcoming scientific limits; the nature of scientific laws; the question of theoretical and methodological reductionism; models of scientific explanation (prediction, structural explanation, inductive-stochastic explanation, deductive-nomological explanation); scientific thinking and the consequences of the indeterminacy principle; and whether or not science can be perfected.
  
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  • KFI / FJKD - Philosophy of Language and Communication 

The course is intended for doctoral students at the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts. The aim of the course is to introduce Vilem Flusser and his work about language and communicology.

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  • KFI / FLD - Philosophical Logic 

The course is intended for doctoral students at the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts. The aim of the course is to introduce students into contemporary questions about the foundations of logic (changes in interpretation of Gottlob Frege's logic, set theory and linear dependency of quantifiers).

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  • KFI / FPJ - Philosophy of Natural Language 

The aim of this course is to introduce students into the basic theoretical and methodological questions of linguistic philosophy. To show the historical development of linguistics, its specifics in particular historical periods and the philosophical views about its problems. To present and evaluate the basic systems and claims in philosophy of language. To evaluate the works of leading figures who influenced the development of philosophy of language.
  
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  • KFI / FVD - Philosophy of Science 

The aim of this course is to advance the students’ knowledge of the problems of philosophy of science. To introduce them to the philosophical views about science in particular historical periods. To introduce the students to the most important philosophers, who inquired into science from a philosophical perspective and to evaluate the basic ideas and theses which influenced the development of philosophy of science. This course is intended especially for doctoral students at the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts and its taught in Czech as well as in English.

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  • KFI / FZD - Philosophy Exam 

The aim of this course is to master the classical philosophical works devoted to science, technology and the methodological problems of scientific knowledge.
  
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  • KFI / HFMD - History and Philosophy of Mathematics 

This course is intended for doctoral studies at the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts. The aim of the course is to introduce students into selected topics in the history and philosophy of mathematics.
  
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  • KFI / ITAFB - Interpretation of English Texts 

The aim of the course is to develop the students’ ability to understand philosophical texts in a foreign language and to interpret them. Work with texts will focus primarily on work with primary sources, on the detailed analysis of specific passages and on their translation. Students learn to use foreign texts in their research and study activities.

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  • KFI / MHED - The Medial History of Science 

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the different forms of material and technical mediation of knowledge and their historical development.
  
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  • KFI / MS1D - Methodological Seminar for Graduants 1, 2, 3 and 4

This course is intended for Ph.D. students. The seminar is structured as a discussion about key issues in epistemology and methodology, as well as the concepts in contemporary theories in philosophy and history of science and technology. In the framework of particular thematic blocks, classical and paradigmatic publications of contemporary domestic and international scholars are critically examined and evaluated. The aim of the seminar is to prepare the participants, both on the theoretical and practical level, for scientific work at a level which meets the standards of first-rate research institutions.
  
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  • KFI / MVD - Methodology of Science 

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the problems of methodology of science in the 20th century. They are also introduced to questions about the significance of science and technology in present society.. The relationship between philosophy, theory of knowledge and methodology of science is presented to the students. They examine some of the most significant theories about science. This course is intended especially for doctoral students at the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts and is also taught in English.

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  • KFI / OD - Dissertation Thesis Defense

The aim is to verify the students’ ability for independent research activity within the field of their study, in a way consistent with their future professional or research background. Emphasis is put on the critical selection of methods, the development of a relevant theoretical background, the thorough analysis of theoretical and empirical material and the students’ original contribution to the area of their research. An important part aspect are presentation skills and the students’ ability to defend the results of their research.
  
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  • KFI / PHP1 - Invited lectures 1, 2, 3 and 4

The course aims to present special topics in analytic philosophy (metaethics, analytic philosophy of religion, analytic aesthetics), philosophy of science (analytic philosophy of law, philosophy and methodology of the social sciences), history of science, linguistics or cognitive science.
  
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  • KFI / VMD  - The History of Modern Science

The course aims to provide an advanced understanding of the history of science in 19th and 20th century, and to enable students to acquire specialized knowledge and understanding of selected aspects of the historical development of scientific knowledge.
  
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  • KFI / V3EN - Philosophy and Science

This course focuses on the parallels between the development of science and philosophy respectively and on the contemporary problems of science in relation to the future of science. The course also examines the following topics: the character of science during the past two centuries; the question of scientific progress; historical instruction; the potential diversity of scientific disciplines as a medium of overcoming scientific limits; the nature of scientific laws; the question of theoretical and methodological reductionism; models of scientific explanation (prediction, structural explanation, inductive-stochastic explanation, deductive-nomological explanation); scientific thinking and the consequences of the indeterminacy principle; and whether or not science can be perfected.

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  • KFI / 1CPH - Modern Czech Philosophy

The aim of this course is to introduce students into the basic problems of Czech philosophy. Give them a brief overview of the development of Czech philosophy. Introduce them to the main personalities of Czech philosophy, their basic works and ideas. Compare their influence on Czech culture and the position of Czech philosophy in Central Europe. Some topics will be analyzed in detail according to the students’ interests. Students are supported in doing a detailed analysis and composing a presentation in the field of their interest.

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  • KFI / 1FPJ - Philosophy of Natural Language

The course focuses on the following topics: history of linguistics, views about language in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, philosophical views about language in the 17th, 18th and 19th century, F. de Saussure and the origin of modern linguistics. The origin of analytic philosophy and the linguistic turn in philosophy. The conception of language in logical empiricism. Philosophy of ordinary language. Oxford and Wittgensteinian ordinary language philosophy. Pragmatic and behavioristic conceptions of language in analytic philosophy. The communicational aspect of language from an analytic perspective: speech act theory, intensional semantics and conversational implicatures. Phenomenological and existential analysis of language. Deconstructivism.

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  • KFI / 1RSFH - Religion, Science and Humanities

The aim of this course is to introduce several novel perspectives on the relation between religion and science in contemporary academia. It focuses especially on novel methods and theories having roots in the life sciences and recently entering the field of the academic study of religions. It explores to what extent these methods and theories challenge the roots of the discipline in the humanistic tradition.

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