PHIL 3008 Classics of Modern Philosophy
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 102420
Coordinator Diego Bubbio Opens in new window
Description Classics of Modern Philosophy introduces students to a selected number of 'great' (highly influential) philosophical texts from the seventeenth up to the twentieth century. Addressing fundamental issues such as human freedom, the nature of truth and knowledge, technological progress, problems of modern life, this unit guides students through key statements with supporting explanation of the philosophers, their projects and careers, and relevant social contexts.
School Humanities & Comm Arts
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp
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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject
Equivalent Subjects LGYA 0902 - Classics of Modern Philosophy
Restrictions Successful completion of 60 credit points of study in currently enrolled program.
- identify key philosophical frameworks from the modern era
- summarise key concepts in the modern philosophical tradition
- describe enduring philosophical issues from the modern tradition
- apply skills in argument, reasoning and critical analysis to written work
- apply skills in reading, understanding and interpretation to primary philosophical texts and commentaries.
- Continental rationalism (Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz; problems of methods, the criterion of truth and certainty)
- British Empiricism - Locke, Berkeley, Hume; approaches to knowledge and scepticism
- Kantian and post-Kantian idealism - Kant, Fichte, Schelling, Hegel: gnoseological concerns, The relation between self and World
- Nietzsche and influence: Truth and knowledge, nihilism, will to power, The critique of religion and morality, Aesthetic experience, The critique of subjectivity
- Existentialism and Phenomenology - Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Camus, Merleau-Ponty Jaspers, Marcel: Issues on existence, freedom, Individualism, values of life, suicide, political commitment, love, alienation, mind/body distinction
- The Frankfurt school - Adorno, Horkheimer, Marcuse and Issues on rationality, Technology, political domination, Fascism, Critical theory, The Project of enlightenment and Modernity
- Later Heidegger on technology and progress; language and meaning
- Frege, Wittgenstein, AJ Ayer on philosophy and language
- Benjamin on violence and politics, history, Modernity
- DeBeauvoir, Kristeva, Irigaray, on Continental philosophy of sex and gender
- The structuralist innovations - Barthes, Jacobsen, Lacan, Levi-Strauss
- Rosenzweig, Buber, Levinas on ethics and The other
- A collection of readings provided by subject coordinator.