Undergraduate Course: The Philosophy of Simone Weil (PHIL10161)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will study the philosophy and philosophical works of Simone Weil from her Cartesian roots to her later Platonic moral philosophy, as well as her impact on post-war, English-language philosophers.
This course will study Simone Weil┐s philosophy, including her philosophies of labour and justice; and her conceptions of morality and moral personality. Study will proceed through a close reading of central essays or extracts from collected notes and notebooks. Discussion will focus on her texts, less so those of interpreters, so students will learn to read her work. The course will highlight the movement from earlier views oriented around action to later views oriented around attention. This course is oriented around a single philosopher and her work, but attention will also fall on the connections between Weil┐s philosophy and enduring difficulties in the philosophies of Descartes and Plato; as well as the impact on recent philosophers such as Iris Murdoch and Peter Winch. Limited consideration will be given to Weil┐s writings on spirituality. The focus is philosophical.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
||One or more formative essays with feedback may be submitted.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Grasp and analyze central themes in Weil┐s philosophy;
- Improve core skills in philosophy, including the ability to interpret and engage with philosophical texts, evaluate arguments, and develop critical ideas in response
- Relate Weil┐s philosophy to that of historical and contemporary philosophers, including who influenced whom
- Understand conceptions of voluntariness, attention and action distant from the philosophical mainstream
- Locate the points of interaction between Weil┐s philosophical elaborations and familiar philosophical theories
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Simone Weil,Philosophy,Ethics,Moral Philosophy
|Course organiser||Dr David Levy
Tel: (0131 6)50 9943
|Course secretary||Miss Ann-Marie Cowe
Tel: (0131 6)50 3961