Can my experience of myself be trusted as what is finally real? Or is this experience just another obstacle to knowing things as they are? This unit explores the modern project, beginning with Descartes, and continuing through Hume and Kant, to place the knowing self at the centre of existence.
Debate and appreciate the issues informing origination of the term “subject” (with Aristotle), and its link with the question of "substance", as this continues into medieval philosophy
Distinguish philosophically the successive “turnings” by which the notion of the substantial subject evolves into “self” through the modern period (with Descartes, Hume and Kant).
Critically explain the philosophical issues involved in the post-Kantian attempt to salvage the substantiality of the self
Classify the various accounts of the substantial self in relation other philosophical categorisations and distinctions. (Examples of these: epistemology vs. ontology, soul vs. body, mind vs. matter, freedom vs. necessity, human vs. animal, rationalism vs. empiricism).
For AP2170P 15 points in Philosophy
Lectures and Tutorials; Online module with guided online discussion fora.
Essay (2000 words)
Essay (2500 words)
Unit approved for the University of Divinity on 1 Jan, 2001
Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-01 10:11:26 +1100