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PI7103 Modern European Philosophy

  • ECTS Weighting: 10
  • Semester/Term Taught: Michaelmas Term
  • Contact Hours:11 x 2-hour seminars; 4 supervision hours; 174 hours of independent study
  • Module Personnel: Professor Lilian Alweiss

Module Content

The so-called Problem of Perception is created by the phenomena of perceptual illusion and hallucination: if these kinds of error are possible, how can perception be what it intuitively seems to be, a direct and immediate access to reality? By taking Edmund Husserl’s work as a point of departure, the aim of this course is to explore whether these possibilities of error should challenge the intelligibility of the phenomenon of perception. Topics that will receive particular attention are: the problem of non-existence, intentionality and embodied cognition.

Learning Outcomes

The aim of this module is to provide students with subject specific knowledge and to equip them with the necessary skills for independent research. On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Explain the phenomenological challenge to orthodox distinctions between subjects and objects - self and world
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental aspects of the theory and methodology underpinning phenomenological research
  • Recognise that questions raised in this course are central to our understanding of the nature of mind and consciousness and of the ways we have of knowing the world around us.
  • Engage critically with the work of Edmund Husserl.  

Assessment Details

The basis for the assessment of this module will consist of  one written essay of 3000 words. Students must attach a cover sheet to all Philosophy essays.

The word count includes footnotes but it does not include the bibliography. Essays that go over the limit will be liable for a 5 mark deduction.

Students may request an extension by contacting the MPhil Coordinator Dr Kenneth Pearce (Michaelmas term) and the MPhil Coordinator Dr Ben White (Hilary term).

Recommended Reading List

As advised/circulated by lecturer during the lecture series.