Course: British Empirism

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Course title British Empirism
Course code KFI/BE
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Vodešil Petr, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
The course concentrates on an analysis of the epistemological and political-philosophical theories of the modern British philosophy. The subject of the analysis is above all the scientific method, substance, and causality. 1. Francis Bacon 2. Thomas Hobbes 3. John Locke 4. George Berkeley 5. David Hume

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Work with Text (with Book, Textbook)
  • Attendace - 20 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 20 hours per semester
  • Semestral Work - 10 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 20 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is a detailed analysis of the main ideas and problems, which were formulated by the major leaders of British empiricism of the 16th, 17th and 18th century.
The graduate of the course will acquire survey about the bases, ideas, and theories of the British empirical philosophy of the 16th, 17th, and 18th century. The student comprehends epistemological and political-philosophical conceptions that formulate representatives of the modern British philosophy. He or she knows both assumptions and consequences of their theories. Students can analyse classic and academic text respectively, and they comprehend it. Students can present results of their academic work in public and they are also able to react quickly during a discussion related to a topic of the course. Students can write up an academic article from area connected to the subject of the course. The graduate of the course can identify and formulate epistemological context of contemporary philosophical discourse. The graduate also can write up an academic article reflecting crucial epistemological topic related to modern empiricism. He or she can give a public lecture on this topic.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam, Seminar Work

Report, essay, oral exam Active participation in a class, completion of assignment
Recommended literature
  • Bacon, F. 1974. Nové organon. Praha: Svoboda..
  • Berkeley, G. (1995). Pojednání o základech lidského poznání.. Praha: Svoboda.
  • David Hume. (1996). Zkoumání lidského rozumu . Praha.
  • HOBBES, Thomas. Leviathan.
  • Locke, J. (1984). Esej o lidském rozumu.. Praha: Svoboda.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology Philosophy (2011) Philosophy, theology 3 Winter