2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

European Philosophy in the 20th Century


Spring 2012 quarter

Joseph Tougas philosophy
Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies or careers in
philosophy, psychology, social sciences, culture studies, and literary theory.

This upper-division program will focus on philosophy of language and phenomenology, covering the work of Wittgenstein, Husserl, Arendt, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, Derrida and other 20th century European thinkers. Students will be expected to have some familiarity with the European philosophical tradition, and some experience reading and analyzing dense philosophical texts. The activities of the program will include close reading and analysis of primary texts within the context of their composition and the writing of reflective, argumentative and synthetic essays in response to those texts. Students will be encouraged to explore connections between the theories developed in the program readings and their own social, political and personal concerns.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in an optional field trip to the American Philosophical Association conference in Seattle, April 5-7.

Online Learning
No Required Online Learning
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Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
February 17th, 2012 slight update to desc.
March 16th, 2011 New program added.