Undergraduate Course: Phenomenology (PHIL10224)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course covers topics in phenomenological philosophy - a methodology for philosophical enquiry that begins with careful reflection on the structure of experience, associated with the work of Husserl, Sartre, de Beauvoir and others.
This course is an introduction to Phenomenology as a way of doing philosophy. Originating with the work of Edmund Husserl, Phenomenology is a philosophical methodology that attempts to ground substantive philosophical claims about metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and beyond, in a careful articulation of the ways in which our experience of the world is structured.
The particular topics and texts covered will vary from year to year, but will typically involve consideration of both foundational works in and around the phenomenological tradition (e.g: Husserl; Heidegger; Sartre; Merleau-Ponty; de Beauvoir; Ricoeur) and contemporary work engaging with that tradition (on topics potentially including: consciousness; embodied cognition; emotion; hermeneutics; oppression).
Specific content for any given year will be provided in the course handbook and course catalogue.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have completed at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, 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)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Midterm Essay (40%) - 1500 words
Final Essay (60%) - 2500 words
||Specific guidance will be given in advance of each assignment. Instructor feedback and peer feedback will provide formative opportunities ahead of final essay.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of themes in phenomenological philosophy
- Defend their interpretation of specific texts in phenomenological philosophy
- Critically engage, in discussion and in writing, with arguments for and against their positions on the issues covered by the course
Sartre: The Imaginary; The Transcendence of the Ego
Heidegger: Being and Time
Husserl: The Crisis of the European Sciences
Merleau-Ponty: Phenomenology of Perception
De Beauvoir, The ethics of ambiguity
Al-Saji, Alia. "Feminist phenomenology." In The Routledge companion to feminist philosophy, pp. 143-154. Routledge, 2017.
Carel, H. H. (2013). Illness, phenomenology, and philosophical method. Theoretical medicine and bioethics, 34(4), 345-357.
Muller, R. M. (2021). Merleau-Ponty and the radical sciences of mind. Synthese, 198(9), 2243-2277.
Wehrle, M. (2016). Normative Embodiment. The Role of the Body in Foucault's Genealogy. A Phenomenological Re-Reading. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 47(1), 56-71.
Windt, J. M., Nielsen, T., & Thompson, E. (2016). Does consciousness disappear in dreamless sleep?. Trends in cognitive sciences, 20(12), 871-882.
A specific reading list will be provided in the course handbook each year.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Mindsets: Enquiry and lifelong learning; Outlook and engagement.
Skills: Personal and intellectual autonomy; Communication.
|Course organiser||Dr Dave Ward
Tel: (0131 6)50 3652
|Course secretary||Mr Peter Cruickshank
Tel: (131 6)50 3961