How has philosophy evolved between the 19th century and today? How have developments in philosophy affected how we think about theology? This unit examines developments in post-Kantian continental philosophy from the 19th century until now. The unit examines key thinkers and frameworks for contemporary thought about philosophy itself, the possibility of faith, metaphysics, and God: thinkers who may include Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau Ponty, Camus, Gadamer, Stein, Deleuze, Habermas, Marion, and Meillassoux. Particular attention will be given to major texts covering early and later phenomenology, hermeneutics, influential postmodern thinkers, and the theological turn in contemporary French thought.

Unit code: AP2160C

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Philosophy

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Situate the philosophical positions studied in the unit in relation to the development of postmodern thought during the twentieth century.


Identify the philosophical context for the texts studied in the unit, and the issues they seek to address.


Sketch the key characteristics of the philosophical positions studied in the unit.


Articulate a preliminary assessment of the significance of the philosophical positions studied in the unit.


Critically describe the arguments in the texts studied in the unit.

Unit sequence

36 points of Philosophy at first level


Lectures and Tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Copleston, Frederick C. A History of Philosophy. Vols 7 and 9. London: Burns & Oates, 1963 and 1975.
  • Critchley, Simon, and William Schroeder. A Companion to Continental Philosophy. Blackwell Companions to Philosophy. Oxford: Blackwell, 1998.
  • Cutrofello, Andrew. Continental Philosophy: A Contemporary Introduction. Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy. London: Routledge, 2005.
  • Gadamer, Hans-Georg. Truth and Method. 2nd ed. Translated by William Glen-Doepel. Translation revised by Joel Weinsheimer and Donald G. Marshall. New York: Crossroad, 1992.
  • Heidegger, Martin. Being and Time: A Translation of “Sein und Zeit”. Translated by Joan Stambaugh. Revised by Dennis J. Schmidt. State University of New York Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2010.
  • Husserl, Edmund. The Idea of Phenomenology. Collected Works. Vol. 8. Translated by Lee Hardy. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic, 1999.
  • Levinas, Emmanuel. “Philosophy and the Idea of Infinity.” In Collected Philosophical Papers, Translated by Alphonso Lingis, 47–59. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 1998.
  • Sokolowski, Robert. An Introduction to Phenomenology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Stein, Edith. On the Problem of Empathy. 3rd Rev ed. The Collected Works of Edith Stein, V. 3. Translated by Waltraut Stein. Washington, DC: ICS Publications, 1989.
  • West, David. Continental Philosophy: An Introduction. New ed. Cambridge: Polity, 2010.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Variant 1

Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

2 x 500-word seminar papers (2 x 12.5%)

1000 25.0

2000-word essay

2000 50.0
Written Examination

1-hour written examination (1000 words)

1000 25.0

Variant 2

Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

500-word seminar paper

500 10.0

2000-word seminar paper

2000 50.0
Written Examination

1.5-hour written examination (1500 words)

1500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 16 Aug, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-08-16 15:13:01 +1000