• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Areas of interest Philosophy
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Fiona Jenkins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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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 have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate familiarity with some of the major themes of contemporary French thought and  contemporary ideas in French philosophy that 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; and,
  4. Show intellectual discrimination, the ability to pick out key points and to construct an argument/interpretation.

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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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and,
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

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6.00 0.12500
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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
3508 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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