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PHIL3651: Emotions and Embodied Cognition

2021 unit information

Students will apply advanced philosophical methods to the understanding of the passions. Students will analyse the most influential theories, historical and contemporary, about how passions function in society. They will evaluate how passions have reflected and interacted with the predominant culture since the early-modern era. Students will learn how to apply their understanding of the passions to the social and political challenges of today.

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Code PHIL3651
Academic unit Philosophy
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in Philosophy
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. understand the ideas of seventeenth and eighteenth century philosophers and recognise themes that emerged in the early modern era
  • LO2. develop a sophistical understanding of seventeenth and eighteenth century theories of the passions
  • LO3. articulate the role of emotions as guides to the well-being of embodied persons
  • LO4. relate the historical debate about the passions to later theories in moral psychology
  • LO5. discuss the relevance of historical debates within contemporary philosophy
  • LO6. develop enhanced skills in reading, writing and argumentation, offer arguments in a manner that is informed by readings, and pursue effective methods for arguing about difficult philosophical concepts.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote

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