Courses for Erasmus students offered by the Department of Philosophy (“KFI”)
Below, you will find all courses offered by the Department of Philosophy to foreign students taking part in the Erasmus+ program.
KFI/1POL (Philosophy of Language), 10 credits
The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the philosophy of language from a number of different perspectives. The course covers classical and contemporary approaches to meaning, issues in pragmatics and modality, as well as some empirical areas of inquiry into language. A central focus of the course is the interplay and mutual relevance of philosophical and empirical perspectives on language.
KFI/1CPH (Contemporary Czech Philosophy), 10 credits
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic problems of Czech philosophy. Give them a brief overview of the progress of Czech philosophy. Present to them the main personalities of Czech philosophy, their basic works, and ideas. Compare their influence on Czech culture and the position of Czech philosophy in the region of Central Europe. Some topics will be analyzed in detail according to the interests of students. Students will be supported in detailed analysis and compose presentations in the field of their interest.
KFI/1POM (Philosophy of Mind), 10 credits
The aim of this course is to introduce the problems of philosophy of mind, particularly the mind-body relation. The course provides students with an analysis of different approaches to philosophy of mind in the 20th century with a few discussions of historically elder periods in which some of the issues of philosophy of mind were articulated as well. The course delivers a systematic account and assessment of the most influential explanations pertaining to the mind-body problem and presents the work of the most important scholars in the philosophy of mind.
KFI/1POUI (Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence), 10 credits
The aim of the course is a philosophical reflection and interpretation of the phenomenon of artificial intelligence. This phenomenon currently permeates and resonates in all spheres of the human world – ranging from scientific-technological, through cultural-social to economic-political domains, and at the same time it is surrounded by many unrealistic ideas and controversial expectations. In this course, AI will be critically examined from the point of view of the philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, logic, epistemology, and ethics. In addition to the analysis of basic concepts and current definitions and paradigms of AI, traditional thought experiments and arguments for and against AI will be presented.
KFI/1RSFH (Religion, Science and the Humanities), 5 credits
The aim of this course is to introduce several novel perspectives on the relationship between religion and science in contemporary academia. It focuses especially on novel methods and theories having roots in 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 lying in the humanistic tradition.
KFI/1POS (Philosophy of Science), 10 credits
The course is intended for foreign students (Erasmus) and is taught in English only. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic problems of philosophy of science as well as to the various philosophical approaches to the analysis of science in the different periods of the discipline’s development. The course will introduce the students to the most important authors, who analyzed science from a philosophical perspective and evaluate the basic ideas and theses, which influenced the development of the philosophy of science.
KFI/1HJJR (Jesus and the Historical Roots of Christianity), 10 credits
The course is intended for foreign students (Erasmus) and is taught in English only. The aim of the course is to introduce the main results of research on the historical Jesus and to present him in his original Jewish context. Based on a historical-critical analysis of the sources, a probable reconstruction of Jesus’ life, the main features of his public appearance, his own self-understanding, and his process and death on the cross will be presented. Everything will be framed by the explanation of the Judaism of the Second Temple as the background from which Jesus’ message came.
KFI/ITAFB (English Philosophical Terminology), 6 credits
The aim of the course is to develop students’ ability to understand philosophical text written in a foreign language and to interpret it. Work with texts will focus primarily on work with source-books, on detailed analysis of specific passages and on their translation. Students will be familiarized with use of foreign texts in their research and study activities.
KFI/FTAFB (Interpreting English Texts), 6 credits
The aim of the course is to teach students how to work with English-written philosophical texts as with supplementary material in the interpretation of philosophical text translated into Czech and also to teach students basic rules of critical work with text and principles of critical translation. Therefore, students will be familiarized with typical English philosophical terminology as well as with convertion or translation of traditional philosophical terminology into English.