Continental Philosophy since Kant
2 credits Fall 2012
Time and Location: W 3:30-5:10
Instructor: David Weberman. Office Hours: M, Th 11.30 -1:30 and by appointment
Course Level: MA core
Course Description: After a brief overview of Kant, Hegel and Marx, the course will cover five thinkers in continental philosophy: Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, and Foucault. Depending on students’ interests, we might include one more philosopher. We will also look a attempts to delineate the nature of the difference between continental and analytic philosophy as discussed by recent philosophers.
Course Goal: To gain an in-depth and critical understanding of the questions, concerns, methods and answers provided by the philosophers studied.
Learning Outcomes: The desired learning outcomes are: i) to achieve the course goal stated above to the greatest extent possible and ii) improve one’s skills at reading philosophical texts and writing about them.
Requirements and Grading: Aside from regular attendance and completion of the assigned reading, requirements are: For 2-year M.A. students, exam and three response papers. For other students, 2000 word term paper and three response papers. More information will be given in class.
Text: course reader
Week 1 W September 19 Introduction; Kant
Week 2 W September 26 Kant, Hegel, Marx
Week 3 W October 3 Nietzsche
Week 4 W October 10 Nietzsche
Week 5 W October 17 Husserl
Week 6 W October 24 Heidegger
Week 7 W October 31 Heidegger
Week 8 W November 7 Heidegger; Sartre
Week 9 W November 14 Sartre
Week 10 W November 21 Foucault
Week 11 W November 28 Foucault
Week 12 W December 5 to be determined