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MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
BA Continental Philosophy options

Final Year, Component 02

Philosophy option from list
PY402-6-SP
Kierkegaard
(15 CREDITS)

his module introduces the work of the 19thcentury Danish thinker, Søren Kierkegaard, against the background of debates around ‘the crisis of modernity’. Topics covered include: melancholy, boredom, the limits of reason, subjectivity and truth.

PY454-6-SP
Existentialism and Phenomenology
(15 CREDITS)

Existentialism encompasses a variety of different thinkers unified by a.) the belief that human existence cannot be fully understood using the categories provided by the philosophical tradition or the natural sciences, and b.) a commitment to taking seriously the first-person quality of experience as it is lived. For this reason Existentialism has close ties to Phenomenology, which is a philosophical methodology defined by its insistence on examining meaning as it is experienced first-personally in order to uncover the structures governing the possibility of those meaningful experiences. In this module we will closely study one or more of the leading figures of these two inter-related philosophical movements. In 2022-3 we will focus on Merleau-Ponty’s major work The Phenomenology of Perception.

PY456-6-AU
Critical Theory
(15 CREDITS)
PY456-6-SP
Critical Theory
(15 CREDITS)

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