Modern European Philosophy

Module code: V7066
Level 6
30 credits in autumn semester
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'll study thinkers including 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.