Philosophy Courses Held in English: Fall 2021/2022
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 fields.
Additional info and late registrations:
Coordinator Ruth Jürjo
tel (+372) 737 5314
ruth.jurjo [ät] ut.ee