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Postgraduate Course: The Early Continentals: Hegel and Nietzsche MSc (PHIL11122)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will introduce students to the ideas of Hegel and Nietzsche, and examine the influence these thinkers had on the analytic and continental traditions in philosophy. The course will focus on reading and understanding key passages from Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit and Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals. An important background figure on the course will be Kant, and we will begin by reading some sections from his Critique of Pure Reason. We will compare and contrast the ways in which Hegel and Nietzsche both sought to articulate and overcome philosophical problems inherited from Kant. Where helpful, we will also take brief detours into the works of other thinkers who influenced or reacted to Kant, Hegel and Nietzsche, such as Fichte, Schelling and Schopenhauer.

Shared with the undergraduate course The Early Continentals: Hegel and Nietzsche (PHIL10047).

Formative feedback:
- students can submit a formative essay by the week 6 closing deadline
- weekly tutorials
- feedback day
- classroom and online discussion of class presentations
- opportunity to submit and receive feedback on detailed essay plan by end of week 10
Course description Syllabus projected to include, but need not be restricted to:

Week 1 - Introduction, Kant's Copernican Revolution
Week 2 - Kant's Transcendental Deduction
Week 3 - From Kant to Hegel
Week 4 - Phenomenology of Spirit: Preface and Introduction
Week 5 - Hegel on consciousness
Week 6 - Hegel on self-consciousness
Week 7 - Hegel recap
Week 8 - Nietzsche's early philosophy: Truth and Lie in an extra-moral sense
Week 9 - Genealogy of Morality: Preface and Essay 1
Week 10 - Genealogy of Morality: Essay 2
Week 11 - Genealogy of Morality: Essay 3
Week 12 - Recap: Nietzsche, Hegel and Kant
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  10
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 12, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 2500 word essay

Assignment deadline: Monday 15th December 2014 by 12 noon
Return deadline: Monday 19th January 2015
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
Students will come to understand:
- The nature of Kant's 'Copernican Revolution' in metaphysics, and the problems it was intended to solve
- The role of the following concepts in Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: concept; intuition; category; synthesis; apperception; phenomena; noumena
- The role of the following concepts in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit: dialectic; the Absolute; sense-certainty; lordship and bondage
- The relationship of Hegel's absolute idealism to Kant's transcendental idealism
- The role of the following concepts in Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morality: genealogy; master/slave moralities; ressentiment; bad conscience; ascetic ideals
- The relationship between ascetic ideals as criticised by Nietzsche and the philosophical systems of Kant and Hegel
Reading List
Additional Information
Course URL Please see Learn page
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Additional Class Delivery Information The course is taught by Dr Dave Ward
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Course organiserDr Dave Ward
Tel: (0131 6)50 3652
Course secretaryMiss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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