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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Philosophy Texts 2
Module Code TP234
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 provides a close reading of Thomas Hobbes’s "Leviathan", focusing on aspects of his political, moral, and religious thought. Students will gain familiarity with both the intrinsic and the historical significance of one of the most important texts in Western political philosophy.

Learning Outcomes

1. engage in close analysis and interpretation of an important philosophical text;
2. comprehend central issues and themes in the history of Western philosophy;
3. situate and assess these issues and themes in their wider historical and cultural context;
4. construct their own arguments in discussion, and present arguments and ideas in written form;
5. synthesize a relevant range of key philosophical concepts and interpretations to form a coherent overview.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
Independent Study103No 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

Study of the early modern context of Hobbes’s thought, including 17th century political and religious discourse

Conceptions of the human being in Leviathan and the early modern period

Influence of aspects of Hobbes on later thinkers, up to today

Debates around interpretations of Hobbes’s work

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

  • Thos. Hobbes: 0, Leviathan (ed. Tuck),
  • Richard Tuck: 2002, Hobbes: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford UP,
  • Tom Sorrell (ed.): 1996, Cambridge Companion to Hobbes,
  • D. Garber & M.Ayers (eds): 1998, Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy, vol.1,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BAJHBachelor of Arts (BAJH)
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)

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