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Module METHODS IN 20TH-CENTURY PHENOMENOLOGY

Module code: PH846
Credits: 10
Semester: 2
Department: PHILOSOPHY
International: No
Coordinator: Cyril McDonnell (BUSINESS)
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This module examines the development of the twentieth-century phenomenological movement in philosophy, focusing in particular on different methods (both ‘scientific’ and ‘hermeneutic’) that were devised and advocated by various thinkers within this development. Selected extracts from seminal texts by Franz Brentano (1838–1917), Edmund Husserl (1859–1938), Wilhelm Dilthey (1833–1911), Martin Heidegger (1889–1976) and Emmanuel Levinas (1906–1995) will be identified as sources to read and analyse. The connection between the methods deployed in these respective thinkers’ philosophising and the ensuing different definitions of phenomenology that unfurled in the twentieth century will be addressed and the controversial issue between Husserl and Heidegger, regarding whether phenomenology is a scientific or hermeneutic discipline, will be assessed.

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