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TITLE Phenomenology and Existentialism

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit covers the theoretical foundations of both phenomenology and existentialism. It will take a broad historical approach in an attempt to unravel the different strands and directions taken up by thinkers within these philosophical streams.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to introduce students to the basic concepts of phenomenology and existential philosophy through and engagement with their texts.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- define key phenomenological concepts (Intentionality, intuition, evidence, noesis and noema, empathy and intersubjectivity, the lifeworld);
- define key existential concepts (Existence precedes essence, the absurd, faciticity, authenticity, the Other and the Look, Angst, despair).

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- interpret these concepts in a written assignment;
- demonstrate his/her knowledge of phenomenological and existential concepts in a written examination.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Cooper, E. David. Existentialism: a reconstruction (Oxford: Blackwell, 1999).
Guignon, C. Existentialism (U.K.: Hachette, 2001).
Grossman, Reinhard. Phenomenology and existentialism: an introduction. (U.K.: Rourledge,1984).
Macdonald, Paul. The existentialist reader: an anthology of key texts Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2001).

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 50%
Assignment Yes 50%

LECTURER/S John Avellino

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