Course Objective

Introduction into four main areas of systematic philosophy.

Course Content

In this course we will explore four fundamental subjects within
systematic philosophy:

1. Logic ("laws of reason"),
2. Epistemology ("theory of knowledge"),
3. Metaphysics ("theory of being"),
4. Worldviews ("life orienting narratives").

Each subject will be structured around a key question:

1. What's the origin and nature of the laws of logic?
2. What's knowledge? How to define this concept?
3. Is there an ultimate ground or first cause of reality?
4. Is it possible to rationally compare different worldviews?

Method of Assessment

Multiple choice examination.


All literature for this course will be made available on Canvas in
Course Documents. So there is no need to acquire books or readers.

Target Audience

Bachelor students from 'VU Faculteit der Exacte Wetenschappen (FEW)'.

Additional Information

Een meer uitgebreide beschrijving is te vinden op Canvas.

Custom Course Registration

Vu-net and Canvas

General Information

Course Code X_400433
Credits 3 EC
Period P5
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. ir. G.J.E. Rutten
Examiner dr. ir. G.J.E. Rutten
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture
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