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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Philosophy (PHIL)
Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy
Continental Philosophy
Fall 2017
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PHIL 2112 or PHIL 3113

Gail Weiss, Mark Ralkowski
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PHIL 4193 - Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy
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An intensive, systematic introduction to the phenomenological and hermeneutic traditions in philosophy through some of their best-known representatives: Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer, Sartre, Beauvoir, and Merleau-Ponty. Central topics of discussion include consciousness, anguish/anxiety, discourse, interpretation, the Other, death, and ambiguity. Includes a significant engagement in writing as a form of critical inquiry and scholarly expression to satisfy the WID requirement.
1) At the end of this course, students will be acquainted with some of the most important concepts and issues that have emerged from two major theoretical approaches within the 19th and 20th century continental philosophical tradition,phenomenology and hermeneutics. They will be able to understand and discuss the work of leading authors within each tradition, and will be able to recognize phenomenological and/or hermeneutical methodologies when they are being utilized by other philosophers. 2) The written assignments for the course will accomplish the following interrelated objectives: a) students will demonstrate the ability to critically analyze a particular set of issues raised by a course author; b) students will understand the theoretical foundations for a given author’s views; 3) student will gain the necessary expertise to evaluate the merits of a particular phenomenological or hermeneutical framework; 4) students will defend their views by developing their own philosophical arguments. 3) At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to produce an original phenomenological and/or hermeneutical essay that applies their knowledge of one or more key figures within phenomenology and hermeneutics to a specific philosophical concern of their choosing. 4) After taking Phil 4193, students will be able to apply core concepts from the course to the study of new topics and new authors in the phenomenological and hermeneutical traditions.
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Same as the PHIL 4193 course, except it fulfills the WID requirement.
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