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PHIL2648: 19th C. Philosophy: Kant to Nietzsche

2021 unit information

This unit surveys the history of 19th Century philosophy, from Kant and idealism to Nietzsche and existentialism. The first half examines Kant's "Copernican revolution" in philosophy, and the critical responses to Kant's project in the work of Fichte, Schelling and Hegel. The second half investigates the critique of idealism in the works of Kierkegaard, Dosteovsky and Nietzsche. Throughout, questions of science, morals and politics, art, education, and religion will be considered.

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Code PHIL2648
Academic unit Philosophy
Credit points 6
12 Junior credit points in Philosophy
PHIL2641 or PHIL3011

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

  • LO1. An understanding of the development of philosophy in the 19th century
  • LO2. A grasp of key movements from romanticism and idealism, to socialism, feminism and existentialism.
  • LO3. An understanding of central themes and concepts in 19th century philosophy, including knowledge, nature, freedom, justice, and God.
  • LO4. Insights into meta-theoretical questions concerning the historiography of philosophy, and the ways in which canon-formation determines the meaning of 'philosophy' itself.

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Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote

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