After completing the course, students will understand and be able to apply the central research questions, concepts, scientific debate and philosophical argumentation of continental philosophy, in particular French and German philosophy of the 20th century. Students learn to identify and critically assess the positions and arguments of various trends in continental philosophy.
Depending on resources, the lecture course will be offered during teaching periods 1–4.
Positions and arguments in the French, German and other continental trends in philosophy, such as phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, critical social theory and Marxism, deconstruction, Foucault's philosophy, and other trends known as post-structuralism.
P. Gorner: Twentieth Century German Philosophy;
E. Matthews: Twentieth-Century French Philosophy.
The list of recommended reading is a suggestion. The purpose of the list is to guide students in finding appropriate literature, not to direct them to use exactly this literature in their essays or Faculty examinations. Students are recommended to select the appropriate literature on the subject matter and immediate background of their Master's thesis. Students are urged to discuss their choices with their Master's thesis supervisor, and the selected literature is always to be agreed upon with the examiner in advance and in good time. The selected literature must always aim to build a sensible whole that is sufficiently coherent in terms of the chosen topic.
Study method is online examination in Examinarium. First enroll in WebOodi. Then contact the teacher about the books. Then make the time and place reservation in Examinarium: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/examinarium-en/
Resources permitting, the course will consist of a lecture course and its written assignments, an essay, or a book exam.