Contesting modernities 210

Module code FIL 210
Qualification Undergraduate
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Module content

The content of this module engages in the historical emergence of contemporary African philosophy in relation to the Western canon. The first quarter traces the history of modern western philosophy, recounting key positions in epistemology (e.g. Descartes, Kant), metaphysics (e.g. Heidegger, Putnam), ethics (e.g. Bentham, Levinas) and political philosophy (e.g. Rawls, Habermas).The content of the second quarter considers recent works in African philosophy, as critical responses to, but also independent of the Western philosophies, with regard to epistemology (e.g. Menkiti, Ikuenobe), metaphysics (e.g. Mbiti, Ramose), ethics (e.g. Tut, Gyeke) and political philosophy (e.g. Biko, Fanon).

Module credits 20.00
NQF Level 06
Service modules Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology
Prerequisites At least one of FIL 110, 120
Contact time 1 discussion class per week, 2 lectures per week
Language of tuition Module is presented in English
Department Philosophy
Period of presentation Semester 1

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