- Code PHIL2059
- 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
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.
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:
- 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;
- Develop techniques for engaging with challenging reading and going deeper into the insights and problems it poses;
- Relate the theoretical debates in the texts studied to current ethical and political questions; and,
- Show intellectual discrimination, the ability to pick out key points and to construct an argument/interpretation.
This course may be counted towards the European Studies major.
Indicative AssessmentArticle 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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Workload130 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
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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