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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: AP9161C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Philosophy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Identify and comment on the key concepts informing postmodern thought studied in the unit

2.

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

3.

Assess the significance of the postmodern project for understanding contemporary culture

4.

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

5.

Define, plan and undertake a topic of research in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner

Unit sequence

One foundational unit of philosophy

Pedagogy

Lectures, seminars and tutorials

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

Option 1:

:2 x 1,000-word short papers 2 x 20% Week 6, 13 or 16 (dependent on topic chosen) 1, 2 :4,000 word essay 50% Week 16 2, 3, 4, 5 :1,000 word skeleton argument 10% Week 13 2, 3, 4, 5

OR Option 2

100.0

Option 2: :6,000-word essay 90% Week 16
:1,000-word skeleton argument 10% Week 13

OR Option 1

100.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-14 07:54:17 +1100