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PH143 - Existence, Experience, History: Key Topics in Continental Philosophy

  • Module code: PH143
  • Module name: Existence, Experience, History: Key Topics in Continental Philosophy
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module will introduce you to the key topics in the continental philosophical tradition. Texts by central figures in this tradition will be analysed and discussed in connection with the specific philosophical problems and themes that make continental philosophy distinctive. These problems and themes may include the nature of human existence and experience, the loss of meaning and value occasioned by the ‘death of God’, the question of what it means to be truly free, and the problem of how to understand philosophically such essentially historical concepts as enlightenment and humanism.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PH143-15)
A (Assessed work only) 1500 word essay 15%
  2500 word essay 85%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Undergraduate History and Philosophy (V1V5) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Global Sustainable Development (V5L8) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Classical Civilisation (V7Q8) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy (V700) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 1
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 1