CPT-55806 Introduction in Philosophy


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper1
Course coordinator(s)dr. V Blok
Lecturer(s)dr. V Blok
Examiner(s)dr. V Blok

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

Specialization courses in Philosophy and Biology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy and Ethics of Public Health, Management, Economy and Consumer Studies etc.


Philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of reality, human existence, and our knowledge thereof. Philosophers ask what is...? questions, for instance what is the nature of human being, how can I have knowledge about the world, what is the good life etc. Throughout the history of philosophy, different answers to these questions are provided. Eminent philosophers provided definitions and conceptualizations of the basic concepts that we self-evidently use in our daily and professional lives, and that structure the way we understand phenomena like human existence and the way we should act in an ethical way. The objective of this course is twofold. First, we consult the tradition of philosophy to see how some of the great names in the history philosophy, like Aristotle and Kant, Nietzsche and Heidegger, answered these questions. Second, we reflect on the nature of philosophical questioning in a systematic way and ask whether there is still room for philosophy in the current age, which is dominated by techno-scientific findings on the one hand and by a culture of personal experiences on the other. Its primary focus is the introduction in the nature of philosophical questioning, and the development of critical and reflexive skills.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

- understand and explain the philosophies of some of the great names in the history of philosophy;

- understand and explain historical developments in the history of philosophy;

- recognize self-evident answers to what is...? questions in personal and professional life;

- critically reflect on basic concepts regarding the nature of reality, human existence and our knowledge thereo;

- understand and explain the nature of philosophical questioning, in contrast with techno-scientific and personal statements and utterances;

- apply philosophical methods in the critical reflection on basic concepts in philosophy.


Lectures, tutorials (close reading of philosophical texts), literature study, practicals (practicing philosophical questioning), individual paper.


Individual paper.


To be announced.