Introduction to Philosophy for Engineers

Practical Course (German), 6 SWH, winter and summer semester

Lecturer (assistant)
Language of instructionGerman
DatesSee TUMonline


1. Introduction to philosophy and its disciplines

  • ethics
  • logics
  • metaphysics
  • philosophy of nature
  • epistemology
  • philosophy of mind
  • aesthetics
  • philosophy of technics with a practical focus

2. Philosophical issues and their reference to recent social challenges

  • ethic conflicts
  • human dignity and the progress of science
  • knowledge and responsibility
  • the approach of philosophy
  • causality
  • determinism
  • freedom
  • transdisciplinary and intercultural fields

3. Method: Introduction in the philosophical dialog

  • phenomenological
  • hermeneutic-discursive
  • normative
  • author-based
  • meditation

4. Development of philo-“WIKI“

Course Objectives

A successful attendance to the module enables the students to...

  • ... understand, which philosophical prerequisites have led to today's understanding of practical philosophy and ethics (basic knowledge)
  • ... to independently analyse metaphysical approaches (platonism/constructivism/nominalism, in-depth competence)
  • ... independently develop a philosophical basis for their point of view (reflexive knowledge)
  • ... evaluate problems on the basis of questions of technology (interpretation competence) and to develop proposals for solutions to concrete problems (solution competence)
  • ... relate social-ethical and scientific-technical areas of tension to their professional context (practical vocational competence)

Organizational Matters

Order of the meetings:

  • weekly regular class, 4 SWH duration
  • welcome
  • discussion of organizational issues
  • repetition of previous session
  • introduction to the thematic focus
  • own lectures with discussion
  • summary and outlook


  • a lecture of approx. 20 minutes per student during the internship with a handout and a short essay on the topic of the lecture

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Consultation Hours

On demand.