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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Topics in European Philosophy
Module Code TP321
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Ian Leask
Semester 2: Ian Leask
Autumn: Ian Leask
Module TeachersIan Leask
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

An introduction to important themes and figures in post-Kantian Continental thought. This course provides a survey of important themes and issues in German Idealism, Marxism, Phenomenology, Existentialism, and Post-Structuralism. Among particular figures considered are: Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, De Beauvoir and Foucault.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and understanding of a variety of themes and topics in philosophy.
2. Engage with a variety of particular issues, themes and topics in philosophy.
3. Enjoy enhanced critical and analytical skills.

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

German Idealism
Hegel and the 'completion' of philosophy

Marx's materialist response to Hegel. Base and Superstructure. Althusser on the 'Ideological State Apparatus'

Religious faith as beyond philosophical containment? Subjective truth. The Knight of Faith. The 'suspension of the ethical'

Husserl - intentionality; presence and absence. Heidegger - finitude and authenticity. De Beauvoir - the making of 'woman'

Modernity and docility. The school as vector of power

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

  • W. Mc Neill & K. Feldman (eds): 0, Continental Philosophy: An Anthology,
  • Richard Kearney (ed): 0, Continental Philosophy in the 20th Century,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BAJHBachelor of Arts (BAJH)
BAJHIBachelor of Arts (BAJHI)

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