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. At this postgraduate level, the legacy for our time of the modern notion of subjectivity will be afforded additional philosophical reflection.
Unit code: AP9170P
Unit status: Approved (Major revision)
Unit level: Postgraduate Elective
Unit discipline: Philosophy
Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological CollegeShow when this unit is running
Demonstrate a grasp of Aristotle's notion of “the subject”, as that relates to "substance" and continues into medieval philosophy
Grasp insights and analyse arguments by which the Aristotelian substantial subject evolves into the modern “self” (with Descartes, Hume and Kant
Integrate the above knowledge with other philosophical concepts and distinctions (epistemology vs. ontology, soul vs. body, mind vs. matter, freedom vs. necessity, human vs. animal, rationalism vs. empiricism).
Develop a sustained argument for or against a particular philosophical account of subjectivity, in terms of its internal coherence and/or consistency with lived experience.
Reflect at meta-level on the legacy afforded our own time by the above approaches to locating "subjectivity
undergraduate philosophical studies, or comparable literary or cultural studies.
Synchronous interactive lectures and tutorials
|Type||Description||Word count||Weight (%)|
|Essay - 1st essay||
A philosophical argument relating to accounts of subjectivity found in the earlier part of the unit.
|Essay - 2nd essay||
A philosophical argument integrating ideas on subjectivity emergent over the span of the unit and with graduate-style assessment: seminar reading of presented draft (40%) + submission of a 3500-word final version (60%).
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 24 Aug, 2022
Unit record last updated: 2022-08-24 14:58:43 +1000