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Undergraduate Course: Phenomenology (PHIL10224)

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 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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.
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 None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Midterm Essay (40%) 1500 words
Final Essay (60%) 2500 words
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of themes in phenomenological philosophy
  2. Defend their interpretation of specific texts in phenomenological philosophy
  3. 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:

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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Mindsets: Enquiry and lifelong learning; Outlook and engagement.
Skills: Personal and intellectual autonomy; Communication.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Dave Ward
Tel: (0131 6)50 3652
Course secretaryMr Craig Adams
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