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PHIL401 Advanced History of Philosophy

A detailed study of a major 17th, 18th, or 19th century philosopher.

This course in the history of philosophy has as its primary focus the study of Thomas Hobbes. The focus of the paper will be Hobbes's masterpiece Leviathan. We will study Hobbes in comparison to other social contract theorists of the 17th century, including Spinoza and Locke. We will also be interested in the evaluation of Locke's psychology, ethics, politics and philosophy of religion against contemporary alternatives.

Paper title Advanced History of Philosophy
Paper code PHIL401
Subject Philosophy
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,076.55
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,267.52

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Prerequisite
36 PHIL points at 200-level or above
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to
  • Present, criticise and defend the positions and central arguments of Leviathan
  • Demonstrate understanding and correct use of philosophical concepts involved in the paper
  • Explain different accounts of the social contract in Hobbes, Spinoza and Locke
  • Explain central issues in early modern ethics and moral psychology
  • Demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of central course texts
  • Use texts effectively in written interpretative argument
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Contact
Prof Michael Lebuffe, michael.lebuffe@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Michael LeBuffe
Paper Structure
Essential reading each week will be a chapter or more of Leviathan.

Supplementary readings will vary week to week. They will include other works of Hobbes, other 17th century primary sources,and secondary sources.

Class will include student presentations, lecture and debate.
Textbooks
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan. Edited by Edwin Curley. Indianapolis, Hackett

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

A detailed study of a major 17th, 18th, or 19th century philosopher.

This course in the history of philosophy has as its primary focus the study of Thomas Hobbes. The focus of the paper will be Hobbes's masterpiece Leviathan. We will study Hobbes in comparison to other social contract theorists of the 17th century, including Spinoza and Locke. We will also be interested in the evaluation of Locke's psychology, ethics, politics and philosophy of religion against contemporary alternatives.

Paper title Advanced History of Philosophy
Paper code PHIL401
Subject Philosophy
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
36 PHIL points at 200-level or above
Contact
michael.lebuffe@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Michael LeBuffe
Paper Structure
Essential reading each week will be a chapter or more of Leviathan.

Supplementary readings will vary week to week. They will include other works of Hobbes, other 17th century primary sources,and secondary sources.

Class will include student presentations, lecture and debate.
Textbooks
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan. Edited by Edwin Curley. Indianapolis, Hackett
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to
  • Present, criticise and defend the positions and central arguments of Leviathan
  • Demonstrate understanding and correct use of philosophical concepts involved in the paper
  • Explain different accounts of the social contract in Hobbes, Spinoza and Locke
  • Explain central issues in early modern ethics and moral psychology
  • Demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of central course texts
  • Use texts effectively in written interpretative argument

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None