20th Century thought from German Existentialism to French Postmodernism

Ref: C3529638

During the 20th Century two major schools of philosophy developed - one concentrated on the lived experience of the individual hoping to uncover the authentic self where it was philosophy's place to explore the meaning of being, the other suggested that such a project was impossible, that there are only multiple-selves and that there was noting special to the philosophical method. In this day long workshop both traditions as represented by the (infamous) Martin Heidegger and Michel Foucault will be explained and examined, looking to see if philosophy is still relevant as a practice.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to existentialism and postmodernism as represented in the work of Martin Heidegger and Michel Foucault.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain one existential and postmodern idea
  • Compare and evaluate both existential and postmodern ideas
  • Use technical vocab correctly

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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20th Century thought from German Existentialism to French Postmodernism

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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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