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PHIL2646: Philosophy and Literature

2021 unit information

This unit addresses the 'ancient quarrel' between philosophy and literature. We will examine arguments about the importance of imagination and sympathy to moral judgement by putting various philosophical and literary texts in dialogue with each other.

Unit details and rules

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Code PHIL2646
Academic unit Philosophy
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Philosophy

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. engage in close philosophical analysis of core texts from the philosophical literature, as well as close readings of many varied literary works
  • LO2. articulate the relevance of literary texts within contemporary philosophy
  • LO3. relate the ideas explored in philosophical texts to one’s reading of literary works. Work productively and collaboratively to articulate these ideas
  • LO4. recognise and reflect upon interpretative, ontological, moral and political challenges as expressed in literary works, and to develop and articulate an independent standpoint in relation to these
  • LO5. cultivate skills in reading, writing and argumentation.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote

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