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Thought about God has re-emerged as a fundamental interest for contemporary continental philosophy. Is it possible to think about God at all? If so, in what way? This unit examines developments in twentieth-century continental philosophy that establish the framework for contemporary thought about metaphysics, God, and faith. Particular attention will be given to major texts covering nihilism, existentialism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and postmodern thought.

Unit code: AP2160C (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Philosophy

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes

1.

Situate the philosophical positions studied in the unit in relation to the development of postmodern thought during the twentieth century.

2.

Identify the philosophical context for the texts studied in the unit, and the issues they seek to address.

3.

Sketch the key characteristics of the philosophical positions studied in the unit.

4.

Articulate a preliminary assessment of the significance of the philosophical positions studied in the unit.

5.

Critically describe the arguments in the texts studied in the unit.

Unit sequence

36 points of Philosophy at first level

Pedagogy

Lectures and Tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Copleston, Frederick C. A History of Philosophy. Vols 7 and 9. London: Burns & Oates, 1963 and 1975.
  • Critchley, Simon, and William Schroeder. A Companion to Continental Philosophy. Blackwell Companions to Philosophy. Oxford: Blackwell, 1998.
  • Cutrofello, Andrew. Continental Philosophy: A Contemporary Introduction. Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy. London: Routledge, 2005.
  • Gadamer, Hans-Georg. Truth and Method. 2nd ed. Translated by William Glen-Doepel. Translation revised by Joel Weinsheimer and Donald G. Marshall. New York: Crossroad, 1992.
  • Heidegger, Martin. Being and Time: A Translation of “Sein und Zeit”. Translated by Joan Stambaugh. Revised by Dennis J. Schmidt. State University of New York Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2010.
  • Husserl, Edmund. Collected Works. Vol. 8, The Idea of Phenomenology. Translated by Lee Hardy. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic, 1999.
  • Levinas, Emmanuel. “Philosophy and the Idea of Infinity.” In Collected Philosophical Papers, Translated by Alphonso Lingis, 47–59. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 1998.
  • Sokolowski, Robert. An Introduction to Phenomenology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Teichman, Jenny, and Graham White, eds. An Introduction to Modern European Philosophy. 2nd ed. London: Macmillan, 1998.
  • West, David. Continental Philosophy: An Introduction. New ed. Cambridge: Polity, 2010.

Assessment

Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Variant 1

Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Variant 1: 2 x 500-word seminar papers (2 x 12.5%)

One choice from two assessment variations will be nominated at the time of scheduling, by the lecturer/unit coordinator prior to the start of the unit, published in the unit outline. Students may have topical choices within a given variant, but are not able to make choices outside that set of assessments.

1000 25.0
Essay

Variant 1: 2000-word essay

2000 50.0
Written Examination

Variant 1: 1-hour written examination (1000 words)

1000 25.0

Variant 2

Essay

Variant 2: 2000-word seminar paper

One choice from two assessment variations will be nominated at the time of scheduling, by the lecturer/unit coordinator prior to the start of the unit, published in the unit outline. Students may have topical choices within a given variant, but are not able to make choices outside that set of assessments.

2000 50.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Variant 2: 500-word seminar paper

500 10.0
Written Examination

Variant 2: 1.5-hour written examination (1500 words)

1500 40.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 22 Jul, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-07-22 16:28:14 +1000