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Hegel in Context (PH335-15)

Timing & CATS

This module will run in the Autumn Term of 2017-18 and is worth 15 CATS.

Please note that the lectures for this module will start on Tuesday, Oct. 3 (week 1), 12 - 2pm.

Seminars will begin in week 2. 

Module Description

The module will look at two of the best-known texts in nineteenth-century Post-Kantian philosophy, G. W. F. Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and his Philosophy of Right. This will be followed by an engagement with some of the key ideas and arguments of Karl Marx, who was greatly influenced by Hegel. An overview of both philosophers’ central ideas will be provided and an in-depth examination of particular issues will be undertaken. These issues will include: (in Hegel) the nature of phenomenological method; the relation between self-consciousness, desire and recognition; the relation between freedom and right; the intimate connection between freedom and the good will; the difference between civil society and the state; and the problem of poverty and its possible solution; and (in Marx) the materialist conception of history; the contradictions of capitalism; and the nature of communist society. By the end of the module students should have developed a sound understanding of many of the central philosophical issues raised by Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and Philosophy of Right and by some of Marx’s writings. They should also be in a better position to understand the similarities and differences between Hegel and Marx.

Students are welcome to take both Hegel in Context (PH 335) and Post-Kantian Social and Political Philosophy (PH 356). When choosing your 15% and 85% essay topics, however, please make sure that you do not answer the same or similar questions in each module. You may use some material in essays for both modules, but please be careful not simply to replicate in one what you write in another. If you have questions about this, please contact the module tutors, Stephen Houlgate and Tom Whyman.

Learning Outcomes of Aims

By the end of the module students should have developed a sound understanding of many of the central philosophical issues raised by Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and Philosophy of Right and by some of Marx’s writings. They should also be in a better position to understand the similarities and differences between Hegel and Marx.

Contact Time

In this module students must attend 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of seminars per week.

Lectures for 2017-18

Tuesday 12pm to 2pm in MS.05
 

Seminars for 2017-18

Seminars for this course start in week 2.

There will be no seminars during reading week (week 6)

Please sign up for a seminar group using Tabula.

Assessment Methods

This module will be assessed in the following way:

  • One 1,500-word essay (worth 15% of the module)
  • One 2,500-word essay (worth 85% of the module)

Essays should be submitted to Tabula in line with the essay deadlines schedule.

Backgorund Reading and Textbooks

  • The Hegel Reader, ed. S Houlgate (Oxford: Blackwell, 1998).
  • Karl Marx, Selected Writings, ed. D. McLellan, 2nd ed (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).

Course Materials

From October 2016 course materials will be available on Moodle. Simply sign in and select the module from your Moodle home page.

Module Tutor

SH

Prof Stephen Houlgate

Stephen dot Houlgate at warwick dot ac dot uk