Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Questions concerning life, death and faith were particularly prevalent in 19th century philosophy, particularly in the theories of two of the most important and intriguing philosophical figures of that time, Arthur Schopenhauer and Soren Kierkegaard. This module will enable you to study these philosophers in detail, and come to your own views about the striking claims they make about the value of life and the nature of religious faith. Informed by our reading of original texts, as well as the latest scholarship, we will reflect on such questions as:1) Is life a good thing, or is it something to be regretted?2) What is beyond the world of our everyday experience, and how does that impact upon our lives?3) Should we strive to make the world better, or should we look to a life beyond this world?4) What, if anything, can make life better?5) What is religious faith?6) Is religious faith a good thing to have, or is it illusory?7) How should we philosophise about death?
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phi-20022/lists
The module aims:1) To introduce students to key thinkers in 19th century philosophy, with a particular focus on debates concerning life, death and faith2) To develop core study skills, including writing and research, as well as developing some key employability skills
Intended Learning Outcomes
Analyse and critically assess key positions on the topics of life, death and faith: 1,2Explain some of the central debates in 19th century philosophy concerning life, death and faith: 1,2Develop and defend views regarding philosophical questions concerning life, death and faith: 1,2Write about philosophical issues in 19th century philosophy concerning life, death and faith with clarity and precision: 1,2Summarise and analyse key readings from debates concerning life, death and faith: 1,2
15 hours attendance at lectures5 hours attendance at seminars40 hours study and preparation for seminars45 hours study and preparation for essay45 hours study and preparation for text analysis exercises
1: Commentary weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
2 x 500 word text analysis exercisesStudents will produce 2 x 500 word commentaries on specific extracts from the core texts, based on seminar discussion of these text extracts. Feedback from this work will be used to inform work on essay.2: Essay weighted 50%
1,000 word essayStudents will be asked to write a 1,000-word essay on a topic chosen from a list of
questions provided in the module guide. Students will be encouraged to undertake comparative work regarding differing approaches to the themes covered in the module.