|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
One of the above modules required
This module aims to introduce students to principal themes in the philosophy of language, which will involve the interpretation and criticism of major texts in the phenomenological tradition.
It will explore different philosophical conceptions of language, focusing on the legacy of Heidegger's existential phenomenology. We will discuss his accounts of being-in-the-world, anxiety and art, as well as investigating Levinas's criticisms of Heidegger.
Introduction: Language, Thinking and Phenomenology
Husserl: Phenomenology as a Rigorous Science?
Husserl, the transcendental reduction and Phenomenological methodology
The limits of epistemology: Heidegger’s criticisms of Husserl
Heidegger and the question of the meaning of being
Heidegger’s existential analytic of Dasein
Heidegger on language and signification
The limits of ontology: Levinas’s criticisms of Heidegger
Levinas, Phenomenology and the reduction
Levinas on the question of relation
The ethical turn of Phenomenology
The religious turn of Phenomenology
• become acquainted with themes in the philosophy of language and the principal theories of Phenomenology developed from the early twentieth century to the present day;
• come to recognise the impact that Phenomenology has on our understanding of epistemology, ontology and ethics;
• acquire a good grasp of the central notions of phenomenological methodology, existential analysis and the transcendental reduction.
• be able to use the terminology of Phenomenology;
• develop advanced skills of analytical and critical thinking;
• develop an advanced ability to engage critically and sensitively with key texts drawn from a variety of traditions.
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||60||1:00||60:00||Preparation and completion of essays|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||20||1:00||20:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||20||1:00||20:00||Seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||100:00||100:00||Review lecture and other source material, prepare for small group teaching|
Lectures introduce central themes in the philosophy of language and provide an introduction to basic concepts and techniques in Phenomenology. Seminars permit of student discussion of these themes. Seminars will also see students hermeneutically engaging with philosophical texts taught at an advanced level. Reading and reflecting on books and articles will take place in private study.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
The essays test the ability to think creatively, self-critically and independently as well as managing one’s own work to set time limits. This assessment method also gauges the students’ ability to move between generalisation and appropriately detailed discussion, to cite relevant texts and interpret them adequately, to discover examples in support of or to challenge a position, and to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant considerations.
Students will be assessed on their knowledge of the central themes in the philosophy of language and provides an introduction to basic concepts and techniques in Phenomenology, and on their skill to sensitively interpret texts drawn from a variety of ages and traditions.
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