Faculty of Arts

PHIL 221

20th Century German Philosophy


Human beings are immersed every day in a myriad of different activities: art, science, politics, love, religion, material consumption, manual labour, business and of course philosophy. What is it, then, that unifies human experience? In this course we examine a series of influential philosophical reflections on this question which stem from Germany and which span the course of the 20th Century. In particular, we survey the intellectual movements of Phenomenology, Hermeneutics and Critical Theory and focus on the work of Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer and Habermas.

Availability 2012

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Matheson Russell

Recommended Reading

Paul Gorner, Twentieth Century German Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.


Coursework + exam


PHIL 221: 15.0 points


30 points in Philosophy or EUROPEAN 100 and 15 points in Philosophy


PHIL 341

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