History of Philosophy
Reference AHPOOL00000001
Taught in General Course List First Year Bachelor Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
Theory (A) 30.0
Exercises (B) 0.0
Training and projects (C) 0.0
Studytime (D) 90.0
Studypoints (E) 3
Credit contract? Unrestricted Access: student takes into consideration the conditions mentioned in Starting Competences
Examination contract? Unrestricted Access: student takes into consideration the conditions mentioned in Starting Competences
Credit contract mandatory if Exam contract? Course included in exam contract
Retake possible in case of permanent evaluation? Yes
Teaching Language Dutch
Lecturer Johan Braeckman
Department LW01
Co-lecturers Tim De Mey
Key Words

Questions and major schools of thought in philosophy

Position of the Course

This is a general introductory course aimed at providing students with a clear insight into the most important philosophical questions and into the history of various attempts at finding solutions to these problems.


This course provides an overview of the major philosophical problems, of the most prominent schools of thought attempting to solve these problems, and of the salient concepts that have become characteristic to philosophical thought. The aim is more specifically to grasp contemporaneous philosophical thought, which is why a study of the historical development of the philosophical range of ideas that lays at the basis of this is undertaken. In this course, some of the more prominent philosophical movements will be examined for their relevance to current thought. The first chapter of the syllabus situates philosophy among other attempts to determine man's place in this world (mythical-magical belief, the great world religions, and science). Subsequently, the major schools of thought and their proponents will be highlighted, from Antiquity to the present. Special attention will be paid to the central themes of philosophical thought: the attempts to obtain an adequate account of Nature and Man, the quest for a foundation for ethics and politics, and the critical question whether reliable knowledge of this is at all possible.

Starting Competences

Final Competences

  • To understand the specific nature of philosophical problems.
  • To grasp the current philosophical thinking, with the historical background in mind.
  • To define the most significant terms of philosophy.
  • To recognise the principal schools of thought and their proponents.
  • To be able to describe philosophical as well as other methods of acquiring rational knowledge.

Teaching and Learning Material

Cost: 0.0 EUR
Syllabus of approximately 150 pages, available on Minerva.


Course Content-Related Study Coaching

  • By the lecturer (office hours, and by appointment).
  • By the tutor Miss. Vierstraete, and the assistant.

Teaching Methods

Lecture questions possible.

Evaluation Moments

Periodical (100%).

Evaluation Methods

first examination period, written exams: multiple-choice questions.
second examination period, written exams, open questions

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