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On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
- appraise the development of Husserl’s thought, with particular focus on basic tenets of his phenomenology (e.g., the intentionality of consciousness, the natural attitude, eidetic ideation, transcendental reduction, the transcendental-phenomenological epoche);
- discriminate between various types of scientific and hermeneutic methods deployed in the development of twentieth-century phenomenology: descriptive and genetic (natural-scientific) psychology (Brentano), descriptive [hermeneutic] psychology (Dilthey), descriptive-eidetic psychology (Husserl), existential-hermeneutic phenomenology (Heidegger), dialogic ethical-transcendental phenomenology (Levinas);
- assess the accuracy of one philosopher’s direct evaluation of another philosopher’s central philosophical position and its pertinence for explaining different definitions of phenomenology in the twentieth century;
- evaluate the merits and demerits of different methods of analysis deployed in twentieth-century phenomenology, such as the evidence of inner perception, eidetic intuition, transcendental reduction, the hermeneutic circle and interpretive retrieval;
- distinguish ‘hermeneutic’ and ‘scientific’ strands within the development of twentieth-century phenomenology and debate the relevance of this to evaluating contemporary European thought;
- demonstrate, through written and oral communication skills, advanced critical skills in articulating and assessing significant methodological differences in the philosophical origins of the development of twentieth-century phenomenology.