PHIL3005 Continental Philosophy: The Origin and Influence of Phenomenology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Philosophy; Philosophy, Politics and Economics major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit explores the work of a number of influential continental philosophers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially those philosophers belonging to the phenomenological tradition. Thinkers discussed may include Kant, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Gadamer and Derrida. Much continental philosophy can be read as an attempt to find a way between traditional philosophical dichotomies such as subject/object, internal/external, realism/anti-realism. As a result, each of these philosophers has important things to say about truth, meaning, the self, knowledge and our relation to others. Given the profound influence of these philosophers on Western thought, their work is of central importance to all students of the humanities and social sciences.
Students are able to (1) explain and outline some of the major philosophical positions in Continental Philosophy; (2) understand the similarities and differences between the continental tradition and the analytic tradition; (3) describe and evaluate complex philosophical positions on the nature of the subject/self, our knowledge of the external world, realism and idealism, and the nature and foundations of morality; (4) describe and evaluate the radical critiques of Western philosophy found in the works of Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger and Derrida; and (5) understand the phenomenological method of philosophy as developed by Husserl, Heidegger and others.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) critique; (2) examination; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Karen Bland
Unit rules
any Level 2 Philosophy unit
PHIL2225 Continental Philosophy
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
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