Introduction to the History of Philosophy

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to the History of Philosophy

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course description: The course will introduce students to key thinkers and ideas in the history of western philosophy. Since ancient philosophy is so central to this history, the first half of the course is devoted to some of its most important achievements in the work of the Pre-Socratics, Plato, and Aristotle. Attention is then turned to aspects of medieval philosophy, and the great rationalist and empiricist traditions (represented by Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz, and Locke and Hume, respectively). Lectures will also be offered on Kant, Nietzsche, and the analytic and phenomenological traditions

    Teaching and learning methods:
    The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

    Methods of assessment and examination: Overall assessment is by written exam at the end of first semester. Mid-term assignment may be required.

    Core text:

    Copleston, History of Philosophy, Image Publishing

    Guthrie, W. K. C., The Greek Philosophers from Thales to Aristotle, Methuen

    Johnston, D., A Brief History of Philosophy, Continuum

    Plato, Republic, Penguin

    Russell, B., History of Western Philosophy, Routledge

    Solomon, R. and Higgins, K., A Short History of Philosophy, Oxford

    Stumpf, S. E., and Fieser, J., Socrates to Sartre and Beyond, McGraw Hill

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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