PHI306: Intensive Study of a Text in Modern Philosophy


PHI306: Intensive Study of a Text in Modern Philosophy

Key details

Accredited towardsBachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts
Unit typeElective unit
Credit points6
Indicative contact hoursDelivered in intensive mode over 2 weeks
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This intensive unit is a close reading of a text in modern philosophy. The text selection will be made by the instructor. We will read the chosen text in its entirety, paying careful attention to philosophical content as well as to literary character.

Friedrich Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals contains Nietzsche’s fullest treatment of Christianity as a spiritual “slave revolt” against aristocratic, warrior morality, as well as an historical-cum-philosophical account of “bad conscience” and a wide-ranging and at times seemingly unfocused discussion of the meaning of “ascetic ideals”. We will read the entire text, paying careful attention both to its philosophical content and to its literary character.


Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit of study, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the major themes and questions in the text
  2. Evaluate critically the arguments presented in the text
  3. Develop an advanced appreciation of the significance of the author’s choice of the literary form of the text
  4. Apply advanced written communication skills in academic essays and appropriately use references and bibliographies according to academic conventions
  5. Effectively and confidently participate in group work and to contribute with clarity and coherence



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PHI101: Introduction to Philosophy
PHI102: Metaphysics
PHI202: Moral Philosophy
PHI204: Political Philosophy
PHI301: Modern Philosophy
PHI302: Social and Political Philosophy
PHI303: Philosophy of Language
PHI304: Twentieth Century Analytic Philosophy
PHI305: Intensive Study of a Text in Classical Philosophy
PHI306: Intensive Study of a Text in Modern Philosophy



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