PHIL 7006 Philosophy and Literature
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 102616
Coordinator Dimitrios Vardoulakis Opens in new window
Description The relationship between philosophy and literature is as old as philosophy itself. In fact, philosophy begins and defines itself in Ancient Greece by setting itself apart from literature - specifically, epic and tragic writings - and claiming for itself a more original role in the effort to understand what is true, what matters, and how one should be with others. From Ancient Greece, through Hellenism and the Roman world, and into the Medieval and Modern periods there was an enduring concern in philosophical traditions with literature, literary themes, and questions of style. However, at the end of the Modern period the concern with literature became so pronounced that philosophers began to write literary texts and to experiment with new styles of expression. Beginning with Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, and moving up to Sartre and Camus, this question of the relation of philosophy and literature has become a central concern of many contemporary philosophical traditions. This unit will be devoted to exploring both the history of this relation between philosophy and literature, as well as looking more carefully at various moments in that history.
School Humanities & Comm Arts
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp
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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject
Restrictions Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program.
- Identify the major issues and approaches to literature in the history of philosophy
- Analyse primary texts carefully both in terms of conceptual argumentation and literary form
- Learn hermeneutic skills of interpretation
- Develop skills to identify the relation and differences between philosophy and literature
Theories of literature
The idea of philosophy
Truth and language
Text and Interpretation
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Portfolio - 4 responses to questions||2000 words in total (500 words each)||35||N||Individual|
|Essay - 1 research essay||4,000 words||65||N||Individual|