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.
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.
Lectures and Tutorials; Online module with guided online discussion fora.
Essay 1 (2400 words)
Essay 2 (2400 words), following prior online posting and leadership of discussion of draft essay*.
*Online posting of discussion-amenable draft, together with itemised, well-chosen, points of discussion, and leadership /stimulation of subsequent online discussion, to be assessed (40% of assessment for this essay); followed by submission of the written-up essay, assessed as a written piece of work (60%).
Generalised Online Participation (1200 words)
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Jan, 2001
Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-05 07:29:10 +1100