Thought about God has re-emerged as a fundamental interest for contemporary continental philosophy. Is it possible to think about God at all? If so, in what way? This unit examines developments in twentieth-century continental philosophy that establish the framework for contemporary thought about metaphysics, God and faith. Particular attention will be given to major texts covering nihilism, existentialism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and postmodern thought.

Unit Code: AP2160C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Philosophy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

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


Examine critically the arguments in the texts studied in the unit

Unit sequence

AP2160C: 30 points of philosophy at first level AP3160C: 30 points of philosophy at second level


Lectures, seminars, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

2 x 500 word seminar papers

0 40.0

1 x 2000 word essay

0 40.0
Written Examination

1 x 1 hour written examination

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-01 09:33:39 +1100