Syllabus for Philosophical Perspectives 1

Filosofiska perspektiv 1


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5FT063
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Theoretical Philosophy A1N, Aesthetics A1N, Practical Philosophy A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2019-03-12
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2022-02-28
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements:

    180 credits, or equivalent, including 60 credits in philosophy, aesthetics, musicology, literature or art history. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Philosophy

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the students are expected to:

  • have an increased understanding of how empirical claims, thought experiments, and other elements of a philosophical dialectic are used efficiently when defending a philosophical thesis or argument
  • be familiar with how to employ common philosophical argumentative strategies in one's writing, such as the use of counter-examples, intuitions, and debunking explanations
  • have reflected on the role of writing in the process of sharpening and articulating one's philosophical ideas
  • have reflected on how different styles of prose and different forms of exposition may affect a reader's uptake and interpretation of a text.


What does it take to write a good philosophical paper? What can we do to become better philosophical writers? And how does writing philosophy relate to actually doing philosophy? The purpose of the course is to address these and related issues about philosophical writing, presentation, and thinking. The course will have both practical elements, such as writing exercises and paper workshops, and theoretical ones, concerning e.g. the understanding of concepts that tend to be central in philosophical argumentation.


Lectures, seminars, workshops, and writing tasks. The lecture-style will be thoroughly interactive. Students are expected to participate and contribute.


Three short writing assignments to be completed throughout the course, and a longer writing assignment at the end of the course.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Other directives

The content of the course overlaps with the course 5FP054 Writing and Doing Philosophy at advanced level. The two courses may not be used in the same degree.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Reading list

Mandatory readings are announced here or in Studium at the latest five weeks before the start of the course.