Universität Wien FIND

180057 VO-L History of Philosophy III (2020W)

Modern Period Until the End of the 19th Cent.

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie


Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

This VO-L takes place solely in Moodle. Please klick the Moodle-button here in U:find to access the learning platform. Access will be available from October 7, 2020. The attendance of our weekly Collaborate-meetings is not part of your grade should you decide to register for one of the four exams.

Friday 09.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 16.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 23.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 30.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 06.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 13.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 20.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 27.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 04.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 11.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 18.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 08.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 15.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Friday 22.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Lecture series in an online flipped-classroom format with optional Q&A sessions via Moodle.

This lecture series provides an introductory survey of typical philosophical topics which evolved from the tension between experimental evidence and religious beliefs. The role of female philosophers for this period will be discussed. The lectures begin with René Descartes and end with the philosophy of Henri Bergson.
Aim: To provide a survey of modern philosophy and discuss the contemporary interest in these historical matters.

Due to COVID-19 the teaching method will resemble a flipped classroom: you read the assigned texts, post your questions via Moodle (anonymously) and I will help you understand the material in Online-Meetings at weekly intervals. Since this is not a course or seminar, your attendance at our online meetings is up to you.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written final exam (90 minutes).

The exam for this lecture series takes place digitally in the format of a multiple choice exam with ten partially open questions. You may achieve partial points on a multiple-choice question provided you did not choose any of the wrong answers (this is to prevent a guessing-game). The assignment of grades is described below. By registering for this digital exam, you agree to this exam mode. A second, third or fourth exam date, which may also be carried out online, may differ formally from the first date or the previous dates.

The digital written test is carried out using Moodle. As a student you have to log in with your u:account and thereby confirm your identity. Additional identification methods are not planned.

Number of possible exams:
By registering for this digital exam, you agree to its exam mode. The number of tries for exams will be as usual (i. e. there are four possible examinations per course).

Examination supervision:
In the case of digital written exams, at least one competent person will be announced (on the cover sheet of the exam) who may be reached digitally before, during and after the exam and who is available for questions about the exam and any (technical) problems. If you have technical problems, you can also contact the ZID helpdesk.

Examination inspection:
Online exams can also be inspected by the student wondering about his/her grade. Students should contact their examiners.

By participating in the digital written exam, you declare solving all posed questions independently and without the help of third parties. The test may be subjected to a plagiarism check (Turnitin). The teacher can also contact you for further oral questioning about the subject of the examination within the assessment period of four weeks. This can also be done on a random basis and without any specific suspicion of cheating.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The written exam consists of ten questions, each complete and correct answer is awarded 10 points.
Grading scale:
60 points and less: fail;
61-70 points: sufficient;
71-80 points: satisfactory;
81-90 points: good;
91-100 points: excellent.

Examination topics

The texts titled HANDOUT which you will find in Moodle.

Reading list

The weekly handouts comprising the text of the lectures in combination with selected writings by the philosophers mentioned in the lecture series will be available via Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Tu 02.02.2021 14:48