ASP309 - 20th Century French Philosophy

Year: 2018 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Sean Bowden


Must have passed at least one ASP-coded level 2 unit



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour Seminar per week


The unit will explore the rich period of philosophy that emerged from France in the 20th century. Students will come to grips with the work of philosophers such as Bergson, Canguilhem, Foucault, Deleuze, Derrida and Cixous. In doing so, students will come to understand the diverse philosophical views produced in 20th century France as unified by a concern to articulate a relationship between ‘life’ and ‘thought’. Finally, students will be asked to reflect on the ways in which the relation between life and thought remains a concern for philosophy, and to themselves engage with this problematic.


Class/Online Exercises, 10%

Group Assignment, 35%

Essay, 55%, 2200 words

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