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    Radical ideas about the human condition. Topics include existentialism, freedom, authenticity, nihilism, feminism, meaning, and modernity. Authors studied include Nietzsche and Sartre.

    This course is a study of radical ideas about the human condition: about freedom, authenticity, human existence, knowledge, power relations, and modernity. What it is to live a meaningful life? How (if at all) can we seek the truth? What is our future? We engage with rebellions against orthodox views of religion, society, race, gender, and science, as found in the work of thinkers within the existentialist and phenomenological traditions of philosophy, including Nietzsche, de Beauvoir, and more.

    About this paper

    Paper title Radical Philosophy
    Subject Philosophy
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Suitable for all students.

    Associate Professor Zach Weber

    Teaching staff

    Associate Professor Zach Weber and Professor Greg Dawes

    Paper Structure

    Lectures and tutorials; assessment by written essays and a final exam.


    Texts will be provided on Blackboard.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will have:

    1. A demonstrated ability to appreciate, explain and assess philosophical issues in writing and to think critically and independently about them
    2. An understanding of the main ideas and place of some major philosophers since the 19th century
    3. The ability to read philosophical texts critically
    4. The ability to develop and analyse philosophical reasoning collaboratively in group discussion


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 16:00-16:50 30-35, 37-42
    A2 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 30-35, 37-42
    A5 Friday 10:00-10:50 30-35, 37-42
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