Content

Friedrich Nietzsche called the foundations of the western intellectual tradition into question. Throughout the twentieth century, philosophers have built on Nietzsche’s discrediting of metaphysical thought, and sought new ways of thinking about truth and reality by engaging with cultural discourses such as aesthetics, politics and ethics. In figures such as Paul Ricoeur, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jean-Luc Marion, this has opened the way to new possibilities for exploring transcendence and thought about God in the twenty-first century. This unit examines areas that may include the foundations of the postmodern in Nietzsche, Lyotard, Foucault and Deleuze; the reworking of the metaphysical tradition by the hermeneutics and aesthetics of Gadamer and Merleau-Ponty; the deconstructive strategies of Heidegger and Derrida; the much-debated contemporary ‘theological turn’ in French phenomenology; and emerging movements such as the speculative realism of Quentin Meillassoux.

Unit Code: AP2161C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Philosophy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Identify the key concepts informing postmodern thought studied in the unit

2.

Compare the positions studied in the unit with those typical of previous approaches to metaphysics

3.

Articulate the significance of the postmodern project for understanding contemporary culture

4.

Situate the philosophical positions studied in relation to the emerging postmodern western cultural context of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries

Unit sequence

AP2161C: 30 points of philosophy at first level

Pedagogy

Lectures, seminars and tutorials

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

two 500-word seminar papers

30.0

2,000-word essay

50.0

1-hour written examination

20.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-01 09:48:53 +1100