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Topics in Continental Philosophy


Module Code: PI3013

Module Name: Topics in Continental Philosophy

  • ECTS Weighting: 10
  • Semester/Term Taught: Michaelmas Term
  • Contact Hours: 22 hours of lecture
  • Module Personnel: Lecturer - Professor Lilian Alweiss

Module Content

This course focuses on the nature of perception by drawing on the writings of Husserl. The aim is to show that the traditional (Cartesian) model of perception is out of tune with the way we actually perceive the world. The course will explore the extent to which phenomenology provides a different account of the nature of perceptual consciousness which has a bearing on how we understand our relation to the world and our knowledge of the world aound us.

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module, students will be able to

•      to give students a understanding of the core aspects Husserl’s phenomenology
•      to encourage students to think about the role of perception in cognition
•      to provide students with an understanding of crucial but difficult primary texts in the history of philosophy
•      to demonstrate the nature of key interpretive controversies relating to Husserl’s phenomenology, such as the problem of consciousness, embodiment, psychologism and scepticism
•      to enable students to understand Husserl’s thought in relation to contemporary philosophical problems.