Courses in English
The Department of Philosophy regularly offers courses in English, which are usually open to everyone, although sometimes they do require advanced knowledge of the discipline. Be sure to also check the Seminars and reading groups section for other regular academic activities which are sometimes given in a less formal manner.
For a full list of courses offered in English by the University please consult this list.
Philosophy Courses Held in English: Fall 2021/2022
Elements of Argumentation Theory FLFI.00.79 (3 ECTS)
Kadri Simm, Mats Volberg et al.
Thu 16-18 Jakobi 2-327 (or wholly Web-based), weeks 1-7
The course will introduce the concepts of informal logic, including types of arguments and common fallacies of argumentation.
The following topics will be covered:
* Argumentation theory
* Reconstruction and evaluation of arguments
* Critical thinking in science
* Inductive risk and values in science
The course is open for MA students only.
Introduction to Philosophy FLFI.00.113 (6 ECTS)
Web seminars Wed 10-12, weeks 2-13
An introduction to a diverse handful of philosophical questions and to the argument-based approach to answering these questions that is typical of contemporary analytic philosophy. For all students interested in the topic.
The following fields will be covered:
* Ethics (two topics)
* Metaphysics (two topics)
* Epistemology (two topics)
* Political Philosophy (two topics)
* Philosophy of Mind (two topics)
Philosophy as a Way of Life FLFI.00.119 (3/6 ECTS)
Toomas Lott, James Pearson
Thu 12-14 Jakobi 2-336, weeks 3-15
This course will examine philosophical perspectives on philosophy as a way of life in Socrates, Plato, the Stoics Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius, the Sceptics Cicero and Sextus Empiricus, Epicurus, Pascal, Spinoza, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Parfit. The course focuses on the ideas and arguments of some key thinkers in Ancient Greek and Early Modern Philosophy such as Plato, Sextus Empiricus, Cicero, Descartes, and Locke. More specifically, the course is dedicated to analyzing some of the key figures who sought self-transformation by means of philosophy. For all students interested in the subject matter.
Young Heidegger's Phenomenology of Religious Life FLFI.01.124 (3 ECTS)
Wed 16-18 Jakobi 2-337, weeks 2-13
The course focuses on Martin Heidegger's two lecture courses from his first Freiburg period: "Introduction to the Phenomenology of Religious Life" and "Augustine and Neo-Platonism." In these lecture courses young Heidegger develops his phenomenological method and provides a distinctive reading of the letters of St Paul and of Augustine's Book X of the Confessions. We will study young Heidegger's phenomenological method and explore his philosophy of religious life through examining his reading of concrete religious phenomena. For all students interested in the subject matter.
The Political Philosophy of Hannah Arendt FLFI.02.145
Web seminars Wed 18-20, weeks 2-15
Arendt's reflections on totalitarianism, the banality of evil, freedom, revolution, the rise of the social and the nature of the political mark her as one of the most original thinkers of the twentieth-century. Throughout her work, she focuses on the relationship between the self, the world and the polis - between the person as individual and as citizen - between inclusion in the world and exclusion from it. Linking academic and life experience, Arendt seeks to understand the political questions of her time within the long tradition of political philosophy. The course familiarizes students both with the work of Arendt and its critical reception in subsequent political philosophy. For advanced BA and MA students interested in the topic, some philosophical background is desirable.
Ethics and Philosophy of Sex FLFI.02.155 (6 ECTS)
Mon, Wed 12-14 Jakobi 2-337, weeks 2-13
The course examines philosophical and ethical questions related to sexuality. We will begin by analyzing the nature of sex, discussing a range of theories of sex including sex as essentially connected to reproduction, sex as a language or expression of love, "plain sex" theories that regard pleasure and desire as essential, and sexuality as a social construct. Then, we will consider more closely the ethics of sexual behaviour. Here we will examine concepts such as perversion and objectification, in particular under the lights of long-standing ethical traditions such as natural law theory, Kantianism, utilitarianism and feminism. In the final part of the course we will examine more specific ethical issues, such as the nature of sexual consent, pornography, and the rights of the disabled to sexual satisfaction. During the lectures we will go through the main concepts and arguments which will be necessary in order to comprehend and discuss the texts to be studied for the seminars. For all students interested in the subject matter.
Epistemology FLFI.02.156 (6 ECTS)
Wed 14-16, Jakobi 2-336, weeks 2-13
The course covers topics considered standard within an introduction to epistemology course. These include: the analysis of knowledge, the analysis of justification, sources of knowledge, scepticism, disagreement, the ethics of belief, the role of context in knowledge, amongst others. In order to join the course, some previous knowledge of philosophy is expected.
Philosophy of Mind FLFI.04.060 (6 ECTS)
Bruno Mölder, Jimena Clavel Vázquez
Tue 16-18 Jakobi 2-336, weeks 2-15
An introduction to main issues in the philosophy of mind, including the main approaches to the mind-body problem, consciousness, artificial intelligence, thought and language, etc. For all students interested in the subject matter.
Introduction to Logic FLFI.04.078 (6 ECTS)
Alexander Davies, Nikolai Shurakov
Web seminars Tue 18-20, weeks 2-15
This course introduces the systems of propositional logic and first order predicate logic and their respective model theoretic semantics and deductive systems. It is explained how logic is used to reconstruct and analyse arguments and the semantics of natural language. For all students interested in the subject matter.
Consciousness in Action by Susan Hurley FLFI.04.093 (3 ECTS)
Jimena Clavel Vázquez
Mon 14-16 Jakobi 2-337, weeks 4-15
In this course we will focus on Hurley's book 'Consciousness in Action' (HUP) where she discusses the connection between agency and consciousness. Hurley revises and challenges important paradigms in traditional philosophy of mind and cognitive science, such as the clear-cut divide between action, perception, and cognition, as well as the divide between phenomena at the personal level (e.g., experience) and those at the subpersonal level (i.e., the causal story). For all students interested in the subject matter.
Social Media, Democracy, and Speech FLFI.04.094 (6 EAP)
Simon Barker, Alexander Davies
Tue 14-16 Jakobi 2-336, weeks 3-13
Social media have become a ubiquitous part of contemporary society and a constant feature of many of our daily lives. In addition to being places to share food-pictures, amusing memes, and every passing thought, the various social media platforms have also come to play a central role in politics and discourse about social values and progress. Once proclaimed as a democratic innovation, however, the concern now is that these platforms are the perfect venue for disinformation, political manipulation, polarisation, and radicalisation. In this course we shall employ contemporary philosophical theory to investigate the effects of social media upon democracy, speech, and society. Topics covered will include: online filter bubbles and echo chambers; big data, privacy, and bias; post-truth politics; disinformation and democracy; and free speech and cancel culture. For all students interested in the subject matter.
Philosophical Disagreements HVFI.01.003 (6 ECTS)
Kadri Simm et al.
Thu 16-18 Jakobi 2-327, weeks 1-15 (or fully Web-based)
Elective course for PhD students from all over the University. The first module focuses on critical thinking and argumentation skills (3 ECTS), the second module introduces the students to various interdisciplinary philosophical topics (3 ECTS). The course has no prerequisite subjects. It is possible to participate in only one module of the course (Argumentation Theory or Philosophical Disagreements); passing the first module is not required for participation at the second module. For doctoral students from all specialties, MA students in philosophy and related fields.
Individual Study in Philosophy for Visiting Students FLFI.00.118 (6 ECTS)
Alexander Davies, Francesco Orsi et al.
This course allows visiting students to work on a philosophy project (a paper, part of their thesis, etc.) under the individual supervision of a member of staff, to be chosen from the current list of staff members, with previous agreement by the teacher in charge (Francesco Orsi). Only for visiting students, all study levels.
(only for graduate students in philosophy)
Research Seminar FLFI.00.116 (6 ECTS)
Simon Barker, Karin Kustassoo, Ave Mets, James Pearson
Mon 16-18 Jakobi 2-337, weeks 2-16
Lecturers from the different Chairs will introduce students in their first semester to the research topics that they are working on or have worked on in the near past. Each meeting will be devoted to discussing a text (or more texts) written by the lecturer themselves or by other relevant authors. Compulsory for 1st year MA students in philosophy, optional for visiting MA students in philosophy.
MA Seminar FLFI.00.098 (3 ECTS per semester)
Francesco Orsi, Jimena Clavel Vázquez, Simon Barker
Fri 12-14 Jakobi 2-336 (1st year), Jakobi 2-337 (2nd year), weeks 1-15
The MA seminar is structured in four parts covering four semesters. The first part consists of seminars training students for basic study and research skills (including how to approach your research topic, how to find relevant literature, how to read research literature, how to present your work in written and oral form, how to find and apply for conferences on your topic, etc.). The second part is more specifically aimed at training presentation and question&answer skills. In the third and fourth part students present their work in progress and give feedback to their peers. During the two semesters, specific seminars are held to provide professional insight and practical help with PhD and non-academic options after MA studies. Compulsory for MA students in philosophy, optional for visiting MA students in philosophy.
Doctoral Seminar FLFI.00.016 (2,5 ECTS per semester)
Wed 16-18 Jakobi 2-336, weeks 2-16
Planning, writing and discussing philosophical papers. Compulsory for doctoral students in philosophy, optional for visiting PhD students in philosophy.
Individual Study in History of Philosophy / Practical Philosophy /Philosophy of Science / Theoretical Philosophy I-III
Alexander Davies, Francesco Orsi et al.
The first specialisation course provides the student with an overview of the field; the content of the course will be composed individually, depending on the student's previous background.
In the second course, to be completed in the second term, the composition of courses and research work should pay special attention to the background necessary for developing the envisaged MA project. Thus, in this course, the ECTS should be acquired for research assignments, course work and individual reading courses that deepen the student's knowledge of a specific narrow field of research.
In the third course, to be completed in the third term, the course should now be composed primarily of work done in the research group, individual reading and research assignments that are substantial for the MA thesis.
All individual study has to be planned together with one’s supervisor and recorded in the student’s semester plan. These courses do not require pre-registration in SIS.
Only for MA students in philosophy.
Readings in History of Philosophy / Practical Philosophy /Philosophy of Science / Theoretical Philosophy (6 ECTS each)
Alexander Davies, Francesco Orsi et al.
Individual (reading or combined) courses planned together with one’s supervisor(s) and the relevant Chairs. These courses do not require pre-registration in SIS.
Only for PhD students in philosophy.
FLFI.00.097 Practice (6 ECTS )
Practice is a work-related learning experience that follows university regulations and is guided by a tutor. All activities should be agreed prior with the practice coordinator Mats Volberg (mats.volberg [ät] ut.ee). Before practice, the student must compile a goal driven practice plan. After practice, the student must submit a report which includes self-reflection. Finding a practice base is the responsibility of the student and is part of the practice (how to find a job). Tasks and/or placement will be arranged individually: please contact the instructor.
Only for MA students in philosophy.
Additional info and late registrations:
Coordinator Ruth Jürjo
tel (+372) 737 5314
ruth.jurjo [ät] ut.ee