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PHILOS 4F03 Issues In Continental Philos

Academic Year: Fall 2016

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Diane Enns

Email: ennsd@mcmaster.ca

Office: University Hall 318

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27529

Website:

Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday, UH 318, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m (or by appointment)



Course Objectives:

Class time: Monday 11:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Description:

In this seminar we will investigate the theme of the self-other relation in the work of several 20th century French and German philosophers (phenomenologists). Our primary aim is to understand the nature of the self and of human social relations. We will discuss the need for recognition, autonomy, freedom, individuality and community, as well as our emotional responses to others, including empathy, love, hate, jealousy, and indifference. At the end of the term we will consider more recent work on the human to animal relation.

 


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Edith Stein, On the Problem of Empathy

Essays accessed online

Courseware


Method of Assessment:

1. 8 short weekly assignments, 300 – 400 words, 5% each = 40%

2. Final essay 3,500 – 4,500 words = 50%

3. Participation = 10%


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

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Topics and Readings:

September 12: Introduction

September 19: Husserl, Cartesian Meditations, “Fifth Meditation” (pdf on Avenue)

September 26: Stein, Ch. II, “The Essence of Acts of Empathy” On The Problem of Empathy

 pp. 3-35

October 3: Stein cont. Ch. III, “The Constitution of the Psycho-Physical Individual,” pp. 37-89

FALL BREAK

October 17: 1) Hegel, "B. Self-Consciousness, IV. The Truth of Self-Certainty"

                2) Sartre, "IV. The Look" (courseware)

October 24: Sartre, Ch. 3, "Concrete Relations with Others," (courseware)

October 31: Fanon, "The Fact of Blackness" (courseware)

November 7: Beauvoir, The Ethics of Ambiguity chs. I and II

https://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/ethics/de-beauvoir/ambiguity/

November 14: Beauvoir cont., The Ethics of Ambiguity, ch. III

November 21: 1) Merleau-Ponty, "Preface" to Phenomenology of Perception, (courseware)

2) Merleau-Ponty, "The Primacy of Perception and its Philosophical Consequences," (courseware)

November 28: Merleau-Ponty, "Other Selves and the Human World," (courseware)

December 5: Derrida, “The Animal That Therefore I Am” (online)

                Michael Naas, “Derrida’s Flair” (online)

 Final Essay due, December 9, 12-2 pm. in UH 318


Other Course Information:

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