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MAPostgraduate DiplomaPostgraduate Certificate European Philosophy

University of the West of England, Bristol

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The MA and Postgraduate Diploma in European Philosophy are an opportunity to study in depth the great traditions of Modern European Philosophy since Kant, along with its most important contemporary tendencies. Uniquely giving equal weight to all these tendenices, the course is taught by acknowledged experts in post-Kantian Idealism, Phenomenology, contemporary European Philosophy, and Kant. The awards will serve equally as complete and self-contained programmes of advanced study in European or Continental Philosophy, and as a grounding in Philosophical research for those wishing to progress to doctoral level (PhD) study. Content and Structure Students undertaking the MA programme in Philosophy will take four modules and write a dissertation of 15,000 words with an allocated supervisor. A Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate are also available. For the diploma, students take two core and two optional modules (no dissertation) for the certificate, students take one core and one optional module. Brief Module Descriptions Kant?s Critical Philosophy (Professor Alison Assiter) is the essential for any understanding of contemporary European Philosophy. Accordingly, this module conducts a close examination of the Critique of Pure Reason, and includes discussion of some passages from the Critique of Judgment. Students with no prior experience of learning Kant?s philosophy are expected to take this module. The Post-Kantian Tradition (Dr Iain Hamilton Grant) studies the formation of what became known as Classical German Idealism. A period of unparallelled philosophical invention, the philosophers who arose during this time (Fichte, Schelling, Hegel) became and have remained vital to philosophy?s self-understanding. An intensive reading of Hegel?s Difference between Fichte?s and Schelling?s Systems of Philosophy and other works in the tradition will address problems such as: is the practical self prior to factical nature? Does logic preexist its exemplification in existing things? Is reflective consciousness all there is to thinking? How does philosophy become a systematic science? Phenomenology (Dr Havi Carel) is the conceptual and practical core of much contemporary philosophy, and noone may claim a knowledge of Contemporary European Philosophy who has not made some study of it. There are many approaches to phenomenology. This module concentrates on the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, whose works have, in their insistence on corporeal and physical reality, recently enjoyed a resurgence amongst scholars and researchers. Students will learn the differences between Husserlian phenomenology and Merleau-Ponty?s variant, before plunging into detailed work on the possible contributions of phenomenology to our understanding of ourselves and nature. Contemporary French Philosophy (Dr Sean Watson). This module provides students unique access to current philosophical debates. We will examine the importance of the contribution of Michel Foucault to contemporary philosophy, as well as examining his sources in the history and philosophy of science, and in classical political philosophy. Teaching and Learning MA classes run in the late afternoon or early evening on Mondays to Thursdays in both semesters. Assessment for each taught module is typically by a single 5,000 word essay, an oral presentations and a research exercise. During the second semester, you will work with your allocated specialist supervisor, who will offer guidance in planning and writing the dissertation. For information on Open Events visit: http:www.uwe.ac.ukopenday

The MA and Postgraduate Diploma in European Philosophy are an opportunity to study in depth the great traditions of Modern European Philosophy since Kant, along with its most important contemporary tendencies. Uniquely giving equal weight to all these tendenices, the course is taught by acknowledged experts in post-Kantian Idealism, Phenomenology, contemporary European Philosophy, and Kant. The...

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