Syllabus for Progress in Philosophy
Framsteg i filosofin
- 7.5 credits
- Course code: 5FP115
- Education cycle: Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
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:
- 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
- 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: 2023-02-27
- Established by: The Department Board
- Applies from: Autumn 2023
120 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
Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
- give an informed account of the most important aspects and approaches in the contemporary discussion about progress in philosophy
- give an informed account of a number of alternative views on or measures regarding what is to be classified as progress in philosophy
- reconstruct the most important arguments that have been put forward in support of optimistic and pessimistic views, respectively, about the amount of progress that has been or is being made in philosophy and make an independent evaluation of those arguments
- explain which implications the debate about progress in philosophy plausibly has for questions about which type of expertise it may be reasonable to ascribe to philosophers and about similarities and differences between philosophy and other academic disciplines.
Is there progress in philosophy? This question is raised by the apparent lack of convergence that many philosophical areas manifest, including ethics and metaphysics. The theories that have dominated the discussions in those areas still have able advocates in spite of increasingly sophisticated arguments and method. Whether that state of affairs rules out that progress in philosophy is or has been made is one of the issues that shall be addressed. A number of alternative views on what would count as progress in philosophy will be discussed, as well as which relevance the question of progress in philosophy has for the type of expertise philosophers can make claims to and to the issue of how philosophy differs from other academic disciplines.
Lectures. The lecture-style will be thoroughly interactive. Students are expected to prepare, participate and contribute.
Class participation and a 3500-word essay at the end of the course on a topic which is approved by the teacher.
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.
The course may run jointly with the first cycle course 5FP116.
The course may also run jointly with a PhD course. The assessment of PhD students is based upon class participation and a 4500-word essay at the end of the course on a topic which is approved by the teacher.
Applies from: Autumn 2023
Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.
Information on course readings is announced here or in Studium at the latest five weeks before the start of the course.