Enlightenment and its Discontents

Course code PHIL3822Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course introduces students to the 18th century Enlightenment and some of the important contemporary debates regarding modernity sparked by 20th century criticisms of the Enlightenment and its legacy.

Not available in 2015

Objectives(1) Develop student's familiarity with, and knowledge of, 18th century Enlightenment thinking and its antecedents, as well as contemporary debates over modernity.
(2) Develop student's skills in reading philosophical texts and critically analysing issues in their historical forms.
(3) Develop student's critical skills to appreciate and engage in contemporary debates over modernity and postmodernity.
(4) Develop high level written and oral skills in understanding and presenting philosophical issues in their historical context and also as they emerge in contemporary debates.
Content(1) Presentation of the historical background to 18th century Enlightenment thinking (the rise of 17th century science, Descartes, Locke).
(2) Presentation of 18th century thinking in the areas of epistemology, ethics, social and political thinking, and philosophy of history (eg, the philosophers, Hume, Bentham, Kant).
(3) Presentation of Nietzsche, as a pivotal figure in the critique of modernity.
(4) Presentation of recent critical assessments of and debates concerning the Enlightenment and modernity (eg, Toulmin, the Frankfurt School, Foucault, Habermas, Lyotard).
Replacing Course(s)PHIL3821
TransitionStudents who have completed PHIL3820 and PHIL3821 cannot enrol in PHIL3822.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAt least 10 credit points of PHIL courses at 1000 level or 40 credit points of any other courses at any level.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Two essays, each of 2,000-2,500 words, each worth 50%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term