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.

Unit Code: AP2179P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Philosophy

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


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).

Unit sequence

15 points in Philosophy


Lectures and Tutorials; Online module with guided online discussion fora.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay (2000 words)

0 40.0

Essay (2000 words)

0 40.0

Online Participation (500 words)

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity on 1 Jan, 2001

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-01 10:18:26 +1100