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Undergraduate Course: Continental Philosophy (PHIL10223)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course covers modern European philosophy outside the 'analytic' tradition - sometimes referred to via the catch-all term 'Continental philosophy'.
Course description This course covers philosophy in the Continental Tradition. One of the questions that the course may cover is the extent to which there is, in fact, a real divide between analytic and continental philosophy and, if there is, what that divide consists in (themes, methodology, or something else).

Philosophers covered may include but are not limited to Hegel, Nietzsche, Sartre, Foucault, Deleuze, Derrida, Heidegger, Husserl, Arendt, de Beauvoir, and Gadamer. Themes covered may include hermeneutics, existentialism, nihilism, phenomenology, power, gender, sexuality.

Specific content for any given year will be provided in the course handbook and course catalogue.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014) AND Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students who have not taken Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017) and Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014) must gain permission from the Course Organiser before enrolling on this course. Students studying on MA Cognitive Science (Humanities) are permitted to take this course without having met the pre-requisites of Mind, Matter and Language and Knowledge and Reality. However, it is advisable that students discuss the suitability of the course with their PT and the course organiser before enrolling.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of themes in continental philosophy
  2. Defend their interpretation of specific texts in continental philosophy
  3. Defend their view as to whether there are any features that are distinctive of the continental tradition
  4. Critically engage, in discussion and in writing, with arguments for and against their positions on the issues covered by the course
Reading List
Representative Readings:

Foucault - Discipline and Punish; Power/Knowledge
Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit
Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
Sartre, Being and Nothingness
Heidegger, Being and Time
Husserl, The Crisis of the European Sciences
Arendt, The Human Condition
De Beauvoir, The ethics of ambiguity
Gadamer, Truth and Method.

A specific reading list will be provided in the course handbook.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Mindsets: Enquiry and lifelong learning; Outlook and engagement.
Skills: Personal and intellectual autonomy; Communication.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Eli Lichtenstein
Course secretaryMs Veronica Vivi
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