Examen philosophicum

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Examen philosophicum, often abbreviated ex. phil., is a mandatory introductory course in philosophy that was introduced at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark-Norway's only university, in 1675. It was discontinued in Denmark in 1971, but still exists in Norway, albeit greatly reduced.

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The content of the course varies from university to university, but in general it contains philosophy, philosophy of science, history of science, ethics and/or rhetoric. In the arts the course is often combined with examen facultatum (ex. fac.). Under the old cand.mag.-system the course was worth 5 vekttall (half a single semester nominal course load) and along with ex. fac. it made up an introductory semester at the universities.

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