This programme offers a unique approach to the study of critical theory, referring to traditions in modern European thought in which philosophy opens out onto critical diagnoses of the historical present. It grounds its problems and concepts in the appropriate philosophical context, with particular reference to Kant, Hegel and Marx. It will prepare graduates for a wide range of careers in education, the arts, politics and public policy, and also provides preparation for doctoral research.
Key features -You will benefit from high levels of staff-student contact, including individual tutorials, from versatile and internationally recognised teaching staff with a wide range of interests, projects and publications. -You will be part of a large, supportive community, studying with committed and engaged peers. -The course is based at the UK's leading Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, enabling you to attend and participate in research events with visiting international speakers.
What will you study?
You will take four taught modules and prepare a dissertation on a topic of your choice. You can choose from a range of module options, balanced by a shared central core of texts, concepts and problems.
You will study the two main traditions of critical theory – the Frankfurt School and French anti-humanism – and their background in Kant, Hegel, Marx and in 19th-century European philosophy more generally. The course includes work by thinkers who have become influential in the past couple of decades – Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Judith Butler, Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, Antonio Negri and Jacques Rancière.
Short exercises, essays, and 15,000-word dissertation.
This course is taught by internationally recognised specialists at the dynamic Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy. Since its inception in 1994, the CRMEP has developed a national and international reputation for teaching and research in the field of post-Kantian European philosophy, characterised by a strong emphasis on broad cultural and intellectual contexts and a distinctive sense of social and political engagement. In each of the last two research assessment exercises, RAE 2008 and REF2014, 65% of the research activities of the CRMEP were judged 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent', with 25% of its outputs for REF2014 judged 'world-leading'.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Core modules -Critique, Practice, Power -Philosophy and Psychoanalysis -Philosophy Dissertation
Optional modules -Art Theory: Modernism, Avant-Garde, Contemporary - delivered and assessed in English -Contemporary European Philosophies - delivered and assessed in English -Kant and his Legacy - delivered and assessed in English -Kant and the Aesthetic Tradition - Delivered and assessed in English -Nietzsche and Heidegger - delivered and assessed in English -Philosophy of Art History -Recent French Philosophy - delivered and assessed in English -Topics in Modern European Philosophy - delivered and assessed in English
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