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Self and World: Debates in European Philosophy HPH312


European Philosophy, which includes the traditions of existentialism and phenomenology, begins with lived experience. Both traditions significantly shape our understanding of the human condition, and they have been taken up by disciplines as diverse as art, literature, architecture, film, theology, politics, psychology, sociology, ethology, and the environmental sciences (among others). This unit offers a broad overview of key figures and key debates in the evolution of phenomenology and related traditions, demonstrating their ongoing relevance to our engagement with the world. Central topics may include: the nature of existence; intentionality; the ‘ontological turn’; the problem of the Other (how do I know that others exist and exist as I do?); the role of the body and perception in philosophy; subjectivity and intersubjectivity; why we care – addressing the challenge of the amoralist; aesthetics; other bodies, other minds – understanding diverse subjectivities; phenomenology and technology; ontology as political and the political as ontologically informed.


Unit name Self and World: Debates in European Philosophy
Unit code HPH312
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies
Coordinator Doctor Anya Daly
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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Learning Outcomes

  • Critically analyse the historical origins and content of debates within European Philosophy.
  • Critique philosophical accounts of key figures in the European tradition to arrive at well-reasoned, ethically informed positions.
  • Apply Phenomenology to contemporary issues in cognitive science, ethics, philosophy of mind, aesthetics and the socio-political domain.
  • Apply disciplinary skills of textual analysis and evaluation, reflection, and clear communication to address problems with intellectual independence.

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25 credit points at Introductory level or higher

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Teaching Pattern

Recorded online lecture (1 hour) weekly from week 1, workshop (1 hour) weekly from week 1, tutorial (1 hour) weekly from week 1.

Recorded online lecture (1 hour) weekly from week 1, and either

  • Online Zoom workshop (1 hour) weekly from week 1 and online discussions (equivalent of 1 hour) weekly from week 1, or
  • Online discussions weekly (equivalent of 1 hour in week 1, and 2 hours from week 2).
AssessmentDiscussion Board Post (20%)|Position Paper (40%)|Take-home exam (40%)
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