Advanced Topics in Philosophy (20 credits)
Two courses from among:
Contemporary Continental Political Thought (20 credits); The European Philosophical Trajectory (20 credits); and Twentieth Century French Thought (20 credits).
40 credits of option courses from available options
Dissertation (60 credits)
Core course units:
Advanced Topics in Philosophy (40 credits)
The aim of this course is to allow students to engage with cutting edge research from across the range of philosophical sub-fields. The course also allows students to develop their understanding of the nature of philosophy and the diversity of philosophical methods, as well to further improve their abilities at written and oral communication of philosophical ideas and arguments. The course will be taught by a number of philosophers who teach on the wider MA programmes, and will be divided into four parts, each presenting a five week introduction to a topic researched by the academic. It will allow students enrolled on the different MA Philosophy streams to compare approaches, and see their own specialism within a wider philosophical context. The module will be taught via a two hour weekly seminar.
Contemporary Continental Political Thought (20 credits)
The course addresses key questions and arguments concerning the relationship between identity, power, meaning and knowledge, through examination of key figures in contemporary Continental political thought and philosophy. Specific content varies from year to year, but may include key texts from Nietzsche, Heidegger, Adorno, Sartre, Lacan, Irigaray, Foucault, Ranciere, and Deleuze & Guattari.
The European Philosophical Trajectory (20 credits)
The unit will involve ten two-hour seminars on key figures in European Philosophy. The course will run through a number of central figures and problems from Immanuel Kant to the work of Jacques Derrida and Theodor Adorno. Texts will not necessarily be read in their entirety.
Twentieth Century French Thought (20 credits)
This course will trace the development of French philosophical thought from its early assimilation of Husserl’s phenomenology to later post-modern and post-structuralist thinkers. The course is research-led, and so specific philosophers covered on the course are subject to change, but indicative philosophers would include Gabriel Marcel, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, and Alain Badiou.
Dissertation on European Philosophy (60 credits)
Elective course units:
Adorno and Critical Theory (20 credits)
Anglo-American Political Theory (20 credits)
Continental Aesthetics (20 credits)
Human Rights (20 credits)
Identity, Power and Radical Political Theory (20 credits)
Issues in Normative Epistemology (20 credits)
Legacies of Wittgenstein (20 credits)
Neo-Platonism (40 credits)
Political Concepts (20 credits)
On completion of the course graduates will have:
a knowledge of the broad range of philosophical approaches adopted in the European tradition, such as phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, and transcendental empiricism
detailed understanding of some of the key philosophers in the European tradition
an ability to read complex philosophical texts with an appreciation of the role of style and context in their composition
an understanding of the broader philosophical landscape, and the place of European philosophy within it.