Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University)

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


Schedule of Lectures
for the Academic Year 2021/22

Nikolai Biryukov, Associate Professor, Candidate of Philosophy
& Anton Zakharov, Professor, Doctor of History




Lecture 1

The Subject of Philosophy and the Nature of Philosophical Knowledge.

Sept. 1

Lecture 2

From Thales to Zeno: Early Greek Philosophy of Nature.

Sept. 8

Lecture 3

Ancient Atomism: Substantiation of Materialism.

Sept. 15

Lecture 4

Plato: Substantiation of Idealism.

Sept. 22

Lecture 5

Aristotle's Ontology: The Structure of Reality.

Sept. 29

Lecture 6

Aristotle's Epistemology: The Structure of Knowledge.

Oct. 6

Lecture 7

Aristotle's Logic: The Tool and Language of Thought.

Oct. 13

Lecture 8

Epicureans and Stoics: Philosophy as the Art of Living.

Oct. 20

Lecture 9

Ancient Skepticism: The Uncertainty of Knowledge.

Oct. 27

Lecture 10

Western Medieval Philosophy.

Nov. 3

Lecture 11

Francis Bacon: Substantiation of Empiricism.

Nov. 10

Lecture 12

René Descartes and Benedict Spinoza: Substantiation of Rationalism.

Nov. 17

Lecture 13

Locke and Leibniz: The Ontological Foundations and the Nature of Human Understanding.

Nov. 24

Lecture 14

George Berkeley and David Hume: Idealism Ontological and Epistemological.

Dec. 1

Lecture 15

Kant's Theory of Knowledge.

Dec. 8

Lecture 16

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: Absolute Idealism.

Dec. 15

Lecture 17

Karl Marx: Historical Materialism.  

Dec. 22