History of Polish Philosophy

This monographic lecture will present an outline of history of philosophy in Poland.

Course’s type: specialty-specific
Elective course Yes
Hours: 30
ECTS points: 2 (4)
Lecturer dr hab. Paweł POLAK, prof. UPJPII

Important note: Due to coronavirus epidemic university closure this lecture will be delivered online since March 18, 2020 at https://ekursy.cyfronet.pl/

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge about philosophy and their history.
Aims: to present main achievements of Polish philosophers since Middle Age to 20th century

Learning contents:
a. Beginnings of philosophy in Poland
b. Philosophy of Kraków School of Law in 15th century
c. Humanist philosophy in Poland
d. Specificity of Polish Enlightenment philosophy
e. Main trends in 19th century: romanticism vs positivism
f. Christian philosophy in Poland – since Aeterni Patris until Vaticanum II
g. Philosophy in science in Kraków – a unique interdisciplinary tradition
h. Analytical philosophy in Poland

Assessment method, credit requirements:
grading on a base of own's final paper defence (topic interwined with the history of Polish philosophy)
There will be no penalty for the late work.
Student's activity during the class as well the discussion of the paper or the high outcome of post-test (over 80%) may raise one's grade.
Attendance is mandatory.

Criteria for grading an essay and defence:
• clarity,
• content development,
• use of evidence,
• analysis,
• logic and argumentation.

Primary literature:

  1. J.J. Jadacki, Polish analytical philosophy: studies on its heritage: with the appendix containing the bibliography of Polish logic from the second half of the 14th century to the first half of the 20th century, Warszawa 2009.
  2. J.J. Jadacki, Polish philosophy of the 19th and 20th centuries: heritage studies, Warszawa 2015.
  3. P. Polak, 19th century beginnings of the Kraków philosophy of nature, „Copernicus Center Reports”, t. 4, 2013, ss. 83–93.
  4. J. Woleński, Lvov-Warsaw School, [in:] The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, E. N. Zalta (red.), Metaphysics Research Lab, Stanford University 2019.
  5. M. Woźniczka, D. Dąbek, Polish Ideas in Philosophy (Polish Philosophy and Philosophy in Poland), „Prace Naukowe Akademii im. Jana Długosza w Częstochowie. Filozofia”, t. 8, 2011, ss. 33–59.

Additional literature for Erasmus students:

  1. J. Jadacki, Tradition of the Lvov-Warsaw School in the Second Half of the 20th Century in Poland, [in:] Tradition of the Lvov-Warsaw School: Ideas and Continuations, A. Chybińska i in. (red.), Leiden ; Boston 2016.
  2. Polak P., 19th century beginnings of the Kraków philosophy of nature, „Copernicus Center Reports”, vol. 4, 2013, pp. 83–93.

Supplementary literature:

  1. Trombik K., Origin and development of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies: A historical outline by 1993, „Philosophical Problems in Science (Zagadnienia Filozoficzne w Nauce)”, no. 66, 2019.