- Code PHIL2092
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Philosophy
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Philosophy
- Areas of interest Philosophy
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
'Enlightenment' is a label for an immensely influential European movement that flourished in the eighteenth century. Enlightenment thinkers generally believed in the unity and autonomy of human reason; they were opposed to clericalism and argued for religious toleration. As a form of philosophical thought that emphasises rationality, innovation, intellectual progress, and critique, the enlightenment project is an object of much present-day philosophical debate.
This course will focus on some of the most important philosophical texts from the eighteenth century. It will cover a number of areas: epistemology, philosophy of mind, ethics, philosophy of religion, and aesthetics. Authors to be discussed include John Locke, Christian Wolff, Francis Hutcheson, David Hume, the French philosophes, and Immanuel Kant. Attention will also be given to twentieth century re-examinations and critiques of the Enlightenment project (eg Horkheimer/Adorno, Dialectic of the Enlightenment).
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Understand some key ideas of thinkers from the
2. Discuss and analyse relevant passages from the works of Enlightenment thinkers
3. Evaluate contemporary interpretations and criticisms of the Enlightenment
4. Understand in general terms how the Enlightenment has shaped the contemporary political, intellectual and cultural landscape
5. Engage in philosophical discussion and debate,
articulating their interpretations and criticisms of the various ideas
Tutorial presentation and participation (10%) (Learning Outcomes 1-5)
1 essay of 2,250 words to be submitted mid-semester (45%) (Learning Outcomes 1-5)
1 essay of 2,250 words, to be submitted at the end of semester (45%) (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4)
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Workload26 hours of lectures and 13 hours of tutorials over the semester. Students are expected to undertake an average of 7 hours per week independent study over the semester (total 130 hours).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Cassirer, E, The Philosophy of the Enlightenment, Princeton University Press, 1979
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