Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL1003: Philosophical Readings 5

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Joel Krueger (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


Phenomenology is a branch of philosophy devoted to the study of consciousness and self. It investigates things like the relation between consciousness and intentionality (i.e., the ability of conscious mental states to be about things), temporality, embodiment, self-awareness, emotions, and intersubjectivity. The French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961) is one of the most important and influential phenomenologists. This course is a careful reading of his most important book, Phenomenology of Perception, first published in 1945. We will consider Merleau-Ponty’s analysis of topics like the nature of perception, the body, space, and other selves and the human world. We will also consider Merleau-Ponty’s ongoing contribution to debates in, among other things, philosophy of mind and cognitive science, feminist philosophy, and environmental ethics. No prior coursework or disciplinary training is necessary for taking this module.

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