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Course module: U10105-B-6
Introduction to Philosophy
Course info
Course moduleU10105-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Catholic Theology; TST: Systematic Theology/Philosophy; Systematic Theology and Philosophy;
Is part of
B Theology
Contact personprof. dr. R.A. te Velde
prof. dr. R.A. te Velde
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prof. dr. R.A. te Velde
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Academic year2018
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 13/08/2018 09:00 up to and including 31/07/2019
Course objectives
This course provides global knowledge of the history of Western philosophy from its beginnings in ancient Greece up to the present. You learn to identify the main periods in the history of philosophy and its central developments and problems. In particular, the course will introduce you to the ideas of the main protagonists of philosophical thought within their historical context.
Course description
The course will focus on the ideas of the ‘great philosophers’ of the Western philosophical tradition. For the Antique and Medieval periods, it will deal particularly with the ideas of Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine in connection with Neoplatonism, and Thomas Aquinas in the age of the universities (13th century); for the period of modern philosophy, it will discuss philosophers like Descartes, Kant, Nietzsche, and Heidegger within the historical context of modernity and the critique of modernity.
As the course is intended for students in theology, special attention will be paid to the historical interaction between philosophy and theology, and to philosophical thought about God and religion.

Additional information
This course contributes to the training of the academic skill of oral presentation.
Required reading
  1. Book: Andrew Davison, The Love of Wisdom. An Introduction to Philosophy for Theologians, SCM Press, London, 2013.
  2. Selection of primary philosophical texts (made available on Blackboard).
Timetable information
U10105-B-6|History of Philosophy
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Midterm / MidtermMIDTERM_01SM 1123-10-2018
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01SM 1115-01-2019
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01SM 1202-04-2019
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