Course code Filz1026

Credit points 3

Philosophy, Ethics, Aesthetics

Total Hours in Course81

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours49

Date of course confirmation28.01.2021

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developers

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Juris Vuguls

Dr. phil.

author lect.

Silva Barševska

Mg. sc. soc.

author lect.

Leonards Leikums

Dr. phil.

Course abstract

The aim of the course is to develop students’ understanding of history of philosophy and understanding of ethics and aesthetics. Students analyse topical global problems, develop culture of discussions. In addition to the lectures, the course includes discussions in seminars, working groups and presenting students' own-initiative works.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge. 1. A student knows history of philosophy and topical problems of contemporary philosophy – practical exercises, final written test.
2. A student understands ethical and aesthetical values, understanding of issues of moral orientation and moral regulation, of essential aspects of cultural and business relationships – practical exercises, final written test.
Skills.1. A student is able to think creatively and critically, to develop arguments in practical individual and group exercises. 2. A student is able to analyse and assess various philosophical ideas and conceptions, skills in presenting the results of individual studies – practical exercises, student’s paper and its presentation. Competence. A student is responsible for assessment of applying philosophical knowledge solving of contemporary problems – practical exercises and student’s paper.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Philosophy, its scope, structure, functions. (Lecture 1 hour, Seminar-2 hour (L -1h, S – 2h)).
2. Philosophy in Ancient India and China. (L-1h, S-1h).
3. Ancient philosophy. (L-2h, S-1h).
4. Philosophy in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. (L-1h, S-1h).
5. Empiricism and rationalism of the 17th century. Philosophy of Enlightenment of the 18th. (L-1h, S-1h)
6. German Classical Philosophy. Philosophy of Marxism. Philosophy of irrationalism in the 19th century. (L -1h, S-1h)
7. The main branches and problems of 20th century philosophy (human problem, freedom problem, power problem). (L-2h, S-2h)
8. Philosophical thought in Latvia. (L-1)
9. Ethics and aesthetics as practical philosophy. Ethical values. (L-1h, S-1h)
10. Aesthetics as practical philosophy. Aesthetical values. (L-1h, S-1h)
11. Ethics and aesthetics of human body. (L-1h, S-1h)
12. Ethical and aesthetical aspects of human relationships. (L-1, S-1h)
13. Ethics and aesthetics of work and creativity. (L-1h, S-1h)
14. Ecological ethics. Environmental ethics and aesthetics. Moral regulation . (L-1h, S-2h)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Credit with mark. Requirements:
1. Active participation in workshop discussions and group work.
2. 2 tests have been successfully completed. A positive assessment of own-initiative works with presentation.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Design and presentation of own-initiative works:
1. The main directions and challenges of 20 th-century philosophy.
2. Ethical and aesthetic values, their understanding nowadays.
3. A reflection of body and soul in art.
4. The aesthetic quality of human relationships, their representation in art.
Nature and technique as an object of art.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The countdown mark shall be calculated as the arithmetic mean of the markings of two tests, presentation of own-initiative works, and workshops.

Compulsory reading

1. Kūle M., Kūlis R. Filosofija. Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 1998. 653 lpp. ISBN: 9789984171197
2. Praktiskā filosofija. Latvijas Lauksaimniecības universitāte. Sociālo zinātņu fakultāte. Filosofijas katedra; zin. konsultants A. Strods. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 549 lpp.
3. Lasmane S., Milts A., Rubenis A. Ētika. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1995. 252 lpp. ISBN: 9984560651
4. Lasmane S. Komunikācijas ētika. Rīga: LU akad. apg., 2012. 304 lpp. ISBN: 9789984455280.

Further reading

1. Dabas aizsardzība. O. Nikodemus un G. Brumeļa redakcijā. Rīga: LU Akadēmiskais apgāds, 2015. 288 lpp.
2. Kuncmanis P., Burkarts P., Vīdmanis F. Filozofijas atlants: attēli un fakti. Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2001.251 lpp.
3. Megi B. Filozofijas vēsture. Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2000. 240 lpp.
4. Mirzojevs N.(2017) Kā raudzīties uz pasauli. Rīga: Jāņa Rozes apgāds,287 lpp.
5. Ordine N. Nelietderīgā lietderīgums. Rīga: Jāņa Rozes apgāds, 2017. 175 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Rīgas Laiks. Rīga: Rīgas Laiks. ISSN 1407-1622.
2. Kentaurs. Rīga: Minerva. ISSN 1019-5351.
3. Online encyclopedia Stanford. Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Pieejams:


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