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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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Summary 2020

Unit name Continental Philosophy
Unit code HPH309
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies

Dr. Ingo Farin

Teaching staff

Dr. I. Farin

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes




25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HPA225, HPA325, HPA250, HPA350, HPA251, HPA351


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:2 hrs lectures weekly, 1-hr tutorial fortnightly (13 weeks)


3,500 words internal assessment (60%), take home exam submitted by MyLo (40%)

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