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PHIL106 Radical Philosophy

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.

Paper title Radical Philosophy
Paper code PHIL106
Subject Philosophy
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Suitable for all students.
Teaching staff
Zach Weber
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

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 16:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
A2 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 29-34, 36-41
A3 Tuesday 17:00-17:50 29-34, 36-41
A4 Thursday 13:00-13:50 29-34, 36-41
A5 Friday 10:00-10:50 29-34, 36-41