Module Details for the Academic Year 2018/2019

PHIL41230 Phenomenology: Selected Rdgs

This course involves a critical reading of selected key texts in twentieth-century phenomenology and existentialism. This module will trace the major themes and movements in classical and contemporary phenomenology and existentialism through several key thinkers, including Franz Brentano, Edmund Husserl, Edith Stein Martin Heidegger , Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Irish Marion Young. Themes that will be critically considered include: intentionality, consciousness, self-consciousness, embodiment, perception, emotion, empathy, intersubjectivity, and the constitution of the life-world.

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1. learn to read key phenomenological texts and understand the history of the phenomenological movement
2. gain a critical understanding of key concepts: intentionality, constitution, transcendental subjectivity and intersubjectivity, empathy, the lived-body and the life-world.
3. Learn to distinguish the different acccounts of intentionality in Brentano, Husserl, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty
4. Grasp the key elements of phenomenologys contribution to philosophy of mind and cognitive science
5. Be able to evaluate critically phenomenologys enduring contribution to philosophy 
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Autonomous Student Learning




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This module is not passable by compensation

Resit Opportunities

In-semester assessment


remediation will be made available if required

Module Requisites and Incompatibles

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Prior Learning

some familiarity with phenomenology and existentialism. At least one upper level undergraduate course in contemporary philosophy.
Curricular information is subject to change