Module Catalogue 2018/19

PHI2002 : Post-Kantian Philosophy II: Materialism

  • Offered for Year: 2018/19
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Stephen Overy
  • Owning School: Philosophical Studies & Combined Honours
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
PHI2001Kantian and Post-Kantian Philosophy I: Idealism
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

None

Aims

This module aims to introduce students to reponses to Kantian philosophy that can be broadly classified as anti-idealist, materialist, or realist. It will address the issue of ‘correlationism’, and explore a variety of philosophies that attempt to escape the issues that entails. It will demonstrate twentieth century theories of the unconscious and evaluate their impact of the history of philosophy.

Outline Of Syllabus

Materialist and realist critiques of Kantianism. Early theories of the will (Schopenhauer and Nietzsche). The Freudian unconscious. Post-Freudian psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic materialism (Lacan/Deleuze and Guattari/Lyotard). Critiques of materialism and the return to Kant.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students will:
• Be able to frame Post-Kantian issues in ontology and epistemology;
• Understand the genesis of psychoanalysis;
• Develop a critical understanding of Kantian correlationism and materialist responses to it;
• Develop an understanding of the psychoanalytic revolution and its philosophical consequences in subjects and societies.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students will:
•       Learn to engage with philosophical concepts and materials, in a detailed and critical manner;
•       Learn to practice history as philosophy;
•       Begin to learn to subject their own defining preconceptions to critical scrutiny.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Assessed
    • Literacy : Present
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Present
  • Self Management
    • Self Awareness And Reflection : Present
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Present
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Assessed
      • Problem Solving : Present
      • Adaptability : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
  • Application
    • Social Cultural Global Awareness : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion251:0025:00Preparation and completion of assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture141:0014:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study511:0051:00Review lecture material and prepare for small group teaching
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module complements the examination of Kant’s critical philosophy, and Hegel’s response to it, presented in PHI2001, by subjecting the paradigm of idealism in philosophy to philosophical-historical analysis. The study of Freud’s work and Deleuze’s reading of Freud not only challenges the modern presumption of reason as a definitively human characteristic, and the subject as the grounding for ontological and epistemological positions, but introduces students to a mode of critical philosophy as history of ideas. In doing so, it shall supplement their exposure to the Kantian model of critical philosophy as a defining point in the history of philosophy. Students are encouraged to a detailed reading of a key philosophical texts that comprise this history, and to the consideration of those texts in the light of appropriate secondary criticism, as indicated on the reading list provided.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A1002000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The end-of-semester essay allows students the necessary scope to propose their own historical account of the history of idealism/materialism, as it has unfolded subsequent to the onset of the Enlightenment. It also provides students with the opportunity of identifying and discussing some philosophical implications of their historical account, and so of exhibiting their newly-acquired capacity to render historical work as a critical practice. The assessment’s focus on issues that consider ontological and epistemological possibilities allows students the opportunity to avail themselves of one or more of the various perspectives offered to them by secondary commentaries and therefore to hone their skills in research.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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