• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Areas of interest Philosophy

This course offers an introduction to contemporary French philosophy focusing on the way in which the themes of love, freedom and death appear in thought, about language, meaning and being as well as in ethics and politics. The course will both aim to provide an overview of post-WW2 French philosophy and focus selectively on two or three of its most important representatives, for instance Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Blanchot, Levinas, Derrida, Lyotard, Nancy or Badiou.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with some of the major themes of contemporary French thought & be aware of how contemporary ideas in French philosophy emerge out of a critical engagement with the philosophical tradition.
  2. Develop techniques for engaging with challenging reading and going deeper into the insights and problems it poses.
  3. Relate the theoretical debates in the texts studied to current ethical and political questions.
  4. Show intellectual discrimination - the ability to pick out key points and to construct an argument/interpretatio.

Other Information

This course may be counted towards the European Studies major.

Indicative Assessment

Article Review 1000 words (25%) [LO's 1, 2, 4]

Final Essay 2500 words (55%) [LO's 1-4]

Class Presentation 500 words (10%) [LO 3]

Tutorial performance (10%) LO's 2, 3]

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Two hours per week of lectures and 12 tutorials.  Students are expected to undertake approximately 7 hours of independent study each week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 Units of Philosophy (PHIL) Courses, or by permission of course convenor.

Preliminary Reading

Jean-Francois Lyotard, 'Answering the Question What is Postmodernism?' The Postmodern Explained pp 1-16
Jean-Luc Nancy, The Inoperative Community - Author's preface
Jacques Derrida 'On Forgiveness' in On Cosmopolitanism and forgiveness




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4455 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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