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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Philosophy Texts 1
Module Code TP137
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Ian Leask
Semester 2: Ian Leask
Autumn: Ian Leask
Module TeachersIan Leask
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module offers students the opportunity to carry out a close and deep reading of selected Platonic dialogues - and so to enjoy a first-hand encounter with some of the building blocks of Western philosophy.

Learning Outcomes

1. engage in close analysis of an important philosophical text
2. comprehend central issues in the history of Western philosophy
3. situate and assess themes and issues in wider historical and cultural context
4. synthesize a relevant range of concepts and interpretations to form a coherent overview

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Directed learning48No Description
Independent Study53No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities


Dramatic setting

Main conceptual features

Interpretative strategies

Historical impact

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Plato: 2003, Symposium, Oxford UP,
  • Plato: 2005, Phaedrus, Penguin,
  • Michel Foucault: 1992, The Use of Pleasure, Penguin,
  • Pierre Hadot: 1995, Philosophy as a Way of Life, Blackwell,
  • Luce Irigaray: 1993, An Ethics of Sexual Difference, Athlone,
  • Sarah Kofman: 1998, Socrates. Fictions of a Philosopher, Athlone,
  • Iris Murdoch: 1977, The Fire and the Sun, Oxford UP,
  • Martha Nussbaum: 1986, The Fragility of Goodness. Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy, Cambridge UP,
Other Resources

35241, Website, 0, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy,
Programme or List of Programmes
BAJHBachelor of Arts (BAJH)

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