Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University)

School of Government and International Affairs
& Alexander Shishkin Department of Philosophy

Introduction to Philosophy

Schedule of Lectures and Tutorials
for the Academic Year 2021/22

Nikolai Biryukov, Associate Professor, Candidate of Philosophy

Topic

Lectures, Tutorials, and Quizzes

Date

Topic 1

The Subject of Philosophy and the Character of Philosophical Knowledge
      Lecture 1
      Seminar 1


February 9
February 16

Topic 2.1

From Thales to Zeno: Early Greek Philosophy of Nature
      Lecture 2
      Seminar 2

Dispute. The Philosophy of the Eleatic School: Pro et Contra. Are the Paradoxical Conclusions of the Eleatics Refutable?


March 2
March 9

Topic 2.2

Ancient Atomism and Plato: Substantiation of Materialism and Idealism
      Lecture 3
      Seminar 3
      Quiz 1
(covering lectures 1 to 3 and tutorials topics 1 to 2.2)


March 16
March 23

Topic 2.3

Aristotle: The Structure of Reality and the Structure of Knowledge
      Lecture 4
      Seminar 4


March 30
April 6

Topic 3.1

Francis Bacon and Rene Descartes: Substantiation of Empiricism and Rationalism
      Lecture 5
      Seminar 5


April 13
April 20

Topic 3.2

Locke and Leibniz: Empiricism versus Rationalism. Berkeley and Hume: The Demise of Empiricism
      Lecture 6
      Seminar 6
Dispute. Empiricism versus Rationalism. Is Experience the Sufficient Basis of Reliable Knowledge? Is the Concept of Innate Knowledge Feasible?
      Quiz 2 (covering lectures 4 to 6 and tutorials topics 2.3 to 3.2)


April 27
May 4

Topic 3.3

Kants Theory of Knowledge: The Birth of Classical German Philosophy
      Lecture 7
      Seminar 7


May 11
May 18

Topic 3.4

Georg Hegel and Karl Marx: The End of Classical German Philosophy
      Lecture 8
      Seminar 8
      Quiz 3
(covering lectures 7 to 8 and tutorials topics 3.3 to 3.4)


May 25
June 1