Modern European Philosophy

Module code: V7066
Level 6
30 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

Inthis module, you investigate the work of some of the key European philosophers of the past two hundred years.

You study: Hegel, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Sartre, Heidegger, Levinas, Lukacs. Adorno, Arendt, Foucault, Derrida and Habermas.

You examine some of the most signifcant work done in two or more of the following traditions:

  • phenomenology
  • hermeneutics
  • deconstruction
  • critical theory
  • dismodule ethics
  • feminism.

Because of the wealth of thinkers and ideas in the area, the module can vary substantially from year to year; in each year, there will be one or more unifying themes, such as critique, art, truth, faith, law, or ethics.

Module learning outcomes

  • Be able to think critically about the nature of philosophy itself and about how it defines or understands itself in relation to questions of history and historicity.
  • Be able to compare and contrast texts and arguments from the analytical and continental traditions.
  • Be able to develop and defend their own views on the core topics.