- Students in the BA programme Philosophy: first year BA has been successfully completed.
- Prerequisites for students from other departments (including contractstudenten): first year BA has been successfully completed as well as the following course(s) in philosophy: Ethics, History of Modern Philosophy.
This course has a limited number of places available for students from other departments.
This course will offer an historical exposition as well as a critical assessment of the central texts of the phenomenological tradition as it evolved in the Twentieth Century. Phenomenology, as the study of the structures of experience, has undergone many transformations. It will be our aim to trace the development of phenomenology: we will begin with the transcendental phenomenology of Husserl; move on to Heidegger’s reinterpretation of phenomenology as ontology and Merleau-Ponty’s existential phenomenology and finally Levinas’s understanding of phenomenology in the service of ethics. We will read and study classical texts in phenomenology by aforementioned authors. Themes that will be covered include: consciousness, intentionality, perception, epoche and reduction, the nature of existence (as Dasein), freedom, embodiment and intersubjectivity.
This course aims to investigate the philosophical movement called phenomenology as developed by its key thinkers. Students will read texts from Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and Levinas. Students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to compare, contrast and critically analyse the main arguments both written and orally.
Students who successfully complete the course will have a good understanding of:
- the key texts in phenomenology and the relations between them.
Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:
- give a critical discussion of the ideas as developed by thinkers in the phenomenological tradition;
- formulate a reasoned argumentation of their position in the topics covered in this course;
- present their ideas both orally and in writing.
Mode of instruction
- Lectures and seminars
Class attendance is required.
Total course load: 280 hours.
- Attending lectures and seminars: 42 hours.
- Time for studying the compulsory literature: 80 hours.
- Time for preparation of presentation: 22 hours.
- Time to write a paper (including reading / research): 136 hours.
- Presentation (20% of the final mark)
- Final research paper (80% of the final mark)
One resit will be offered, consisting of the final paper. Any student who did not take the first examination cannot take the resit.
Blackboard will be used for announcements and course information.
- A course syllabus will be made available through Readeronline.
There is no requirement to study literature before the start of the course.
Exchange students and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
Registration Studeren à la carte: not applicable