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Advanced European Philosophy - ARTS3365

Course Outline: Contact School
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: Enrolment in a major or minor in Philosophy and 72 uoc overall including 12 uoc at Level 2 in the major or minor
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 1 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This is a shelf course. A shelf course comprises a number of modules related to this broad area of study. Each module is a separate semester of study in this area and is offered in rotation. You can study TWO modules but you cannot study the same module twice.

Subject Area: Philosophy

Module: "Existential Phenomenology & its Critics"(Semester 1, 2011)
The course explores ideas of human existence that have emerged from 20th Century existential phenomenology. The focus will be on the key works of either Maurice Merleau-Ponty or Martin Heidegger. We will examine how existential phenomenology challenges the way we usually understand the relation between being and thinking, the role of the body in agency and perception, meaning and sense, temporality and spatiality, intersubjectivity and self-other relations, community, and freedom. Background to these themes is provided by studying aspects of Husserl phenomenology and Sartre and Beauvoir's existentialism. Recent advances in the field are examined through the philosophies of sympathetic critics such as Emmanuel Levinas, who develops a new approach to ethics through a critique of phenomenology, and Jean-Luc Nancy, whose ideas of community and politics emerge from critical engagement with existential phenomenological themes.

Module: "Hegel and German Idealism"
Introduces Hegel's thought through a close examination of key Hegelian texts such as 'The Phenomenology of Spirit' and 'The Philosophy of Right'. Some attention will be given to Hegel's influence on European philosophy, his relation to his German idealist contemporaries (Schelling and Fichte), as well as Hegel’s influence on contemporary philosophy. Issues examined may include: modernity, knowledge, spirit, dialectic, experience, self-consciousness, normativity, civil society, reconciliation and freedom."

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