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Course module: 201500417
What is Philosophy? Perennial Questions
Course info
Course module201500417
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeHonours
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact R.P.H. Munnik
Contactperson for the course
drs. P. van Adrichem-Rotteveel
prof.dr. J. Hoogland
Contactperson for the course R.P.H. Munnik
Lecturer R.P.H. Munnik
Academic year2017
Starting block
RemarksThis course is part of the Honours programme
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Learning goals
In this course, you will become acquainted with some of the most important themes of philosophy and their treatment in primary philosophic sources. Philosophers almost never really solve societal, political, or ethical problems, nor do they offer clear-cut answers to questions. However, they do search for different angles to think about such questions, and they analyse the presuppositions of questions. By doing so, they either dismantle naïve opinions or transform them into serious problems, and they turn shallow questions into thoughtful ones. Great philosophers were very successful in putting the right questions on the agenda.

So, the great themes of philosophy are perennial questions – i.e. those that never receive final answers and always remain inescapably worthwhile being asked. Verbally, these questions are fairly simple. Such as: “What is justice?”, “What is happiness?”, “What is truth?”, “What is man?”, “What is a good life?”, “What is time?”, “What is bodily existence?”… Once such questions force you to reflect on them with the aid of guides like Socrates, Kant, or Kierkegaard, you start doing philosophy.
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