The course addresses both low-profile but very important strands in continental philosophy, like mainstream phenomenology and early hermeneutics, and the high-profile tradition marked by a sharp contrast with analytic approaches. Some of the main ideas in the later tradition to be discussed are: the idea that the very ground of being of the world is tied to human nature and immediately to human history (Hegel, Heidegger), the primacy of the a-rational (from Nietzsche through Heidegger to French post-structuralism), the close tie between philosophy and art (Merleau Ponty, Derrida), and the ideal of abolishment of philosophy in politics (Marx) or in politically engaged writing.
By the end of the course students will be expected to understand the main trails of continental philosophy. They will probably choose the ones they think to be most plausible, and will be able to defend their choices.
Discussion in the class-roughly 10 %
Presentation in the class – roughly 30 %
Final paper – roughly 60 %