Philosophy and New Media

Courses in foreign languages at the Faculty

Anna Małecka

Semester: spring

Key words: philosophy, history of philosophy, new media, film, virtual reality,

Philosophy and New Media (print)

Course description:

The course offers a “visualised” approach to the basic issues of philosophy. The aim is to present abstract philosophical concepts in the vast context of the new media. Film and web illustrations are supposed to help analyse the great tradition of Western thought in new light, closer to the perception of contemporary students.Major philosophical trends and concepts are discussed, as well as their impact on contemporary Western culture.
The curriculum of the course contains the following issues: (1) Shaping of the Philosophic Mind (the Presocratics, Socrates), (2) Total Philosophical Perspective (Plato and Aristotle), (3) The Classic Concepts of Happiness and Good (Epicurus, the Stoics), (4) Medieval Theocentric Philosophy (St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas), (5) Modern Rationalism (Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz), (6) Modern Empiricism (Bacon, Locke, Berkeley, Hume), (7) Revolution and Synthesis of Modern Philosophy (Kant, Hegel), (8) Positivism and Pragmatism (Comte, Mill, the Vienna Cricle, James), (9) Anti-Positivist Reaction (Nietzsche, Bergson), (10) Phenomenology (Husserl, Ingarden), (11) Existentialism (Heidegger, Sartre, Jaspers), (12) Psychoanalysis (Freud, Jung),(13) Christian Personalism, (14) Hermeneutics,
and (15) Postmodernism.


Russell B., 1965. History of Western Philosophy, George Allen and Unwin Ltd., London.
Miller, E. L., 1987. Questions That Matter. An Invitation to Philosophy, McGraw Hill, New York.
Stumpf, S.E., 1983. Philosophy. History and Problems, Mc Graw-Hill, New York.
Scruton, R., 1984. A Short History of Modern Philosophy, Ark, London.

Grading system:

70% exam
30% active participation in lectures and post-lecture debates