This course provides an advanced introduction to some central topics and problems to which the tradition of continental philosophy offers a distinctive and original set of approaches. Each year the focus will be on a specific field of inquiry drawn from the following: the philosophies of nature and life; the philosophy of mind or spirit; the philosophies of time, memory, and history; aesthetics; ethics and political philosophy.
The following is a list of topics for this module in the 2012/13 academic year; precise seminar content may change from year to year.
- Hadot on Philosophy as a Way of Life
- Foucault on the Care of Self
- Schopenhauer on Suffering, Death, the Vanity of Existence, and the Consolations of Metaphysics
- The Early Nietzsche on Philosophy, History, and Schopenhauer as Educator
- Nietzsche on Heroic-Idyllic Philosophizing
- Epicurus and the Art of Living
- Nietzsche, Freedom, and the Drives
- The Philosophy of the Morning: Nietzsche’s Dawn
- The Gay Science I: the gay science and the dying Socrates
- The Gay Science II: Amor Fati and Eternal Recurrence
Timing and CATS
This module runs in the Spring Term and is worth 20 or 30 CATS depending on your programme of study.