Continental Philosophy

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Continental Philosophy

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Philosophy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    The student:
    • acquires knowledge of the most important philosophical traditions, ideas and philosophers in 20th century continental philosophy;
    • learns about the continuities and discontinuities with earlier periods (modern philosophy);
    • practices the ability to read and analyze primary philosophical texts;
    • practices the skills of philosophical argumentation and writing;
    • practices presentation skills.

    COURSE CONTENT
    Two main lines of thought characterize twentieth-century continental philosophy: the decentering of the subject and the linguistic turn. Both take shape in different ways in the most important philosophical traditions of this period: phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, critical theory, poststructuralism and philosophy of difference. In this course, these traditions will be discussed, and texts will be read of the most important philosophers of this age:
    1. Phenomenology: Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty
    2. Existentialism: Sartre
    3. Hermeneutics: Gadamer
    4. Critical theory / Frankfurter Schule: Adorno
    5. Poststructuralism: Foucault, Butler 6. Deconstruction and philosophy of difference: Derrida, Deleuze.

    TEACHING METHODS
    Seminars to introduce the tradition; text reading seminars to discuss the primary texts. Attending the text reading seminars is mandatory.

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    - 3 short papers (800-1000 words) about the primary texts (10 % per paper)
    - presentation on a continental philosopher or theme that is not discussed in the course (10 %)
    - final exam with open essay questions (60 %)

    RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE
    Modern philosophy

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