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Continental Philosophy HPH309



Continental philosophy encompasses a wide range of philosophical schools, including Existentialism, Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Deconstruction, Critical Theory, and Postmodern Thought, all of which have shaped our understanding of the human condition, not only in philosophy proper, but also in art, literature, architecture, film, theology, politics and across the social sciences. Central themes in this unit are: the role of subjectivity in an increasingly scientific, technological world; the loss of binding values and the emergence of nihilism; the pathologies of scientism; the inescapable finitude and historicity of human life; the contingency of interpretive frameworks; the critique of power-structures in bureaucratic-capitalist and totalitarian societies; the search for a sustainable dwelling on earth; and the ethical commitments we owe to the other. The unit offers a broad overview of the development of Continental Philosophy; it also includes in-depth readings of select, seminal texts and essays that encapsulate the power of Continental Philosophy as an ongoing live issue. Since Continental Philosophy is a continuation of and reaction to Modern Philosophy, it is recommended that it is taken after Foundations of Modern Philosophy (HPH202).

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Unit name Continental Philosophy
Unit code HPH309
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies
Coordinator Associate Professor James Chase
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand, contextualize, and analyse texts in Continental Philosophy.
  • Critically apply the resources of Continental Philosophy to our own situation, locally and globally.
  • Develop your own critical view on the merits and demerits of Continental Philosophy within mainstream philosophy and society at large.
  • Write philosophical essays informed by Continental Philosophy.
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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

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Teaching Pattern

Lectures (2 hours) and tutorial (1 hour) weekly

AssessmentTake-home exam (40%)|500 word Discussion Board post (10%)|Long essay (50%)
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