Undergraduate Modules

This is a concise description of the under-graduate philosophy curriculum for 2019. While course titles will remain constant, the specific course content as described below may vary from year to year depending on our teaching capacity and the research interests being pursued by various staff members.

 

FIL 110 Metaphysics and epistemology

The two semester modules at first-year level introduce students to the four main branches of philosophy as understood by the department of philosophy at the University of Pretoria, namely metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and political philosophy. This module introduces students to two of these branches, namely epistemology and metaphysics with reference to the work of a range of scholars from the Global South and the West. Through an introduction to the history of philosophy students will become acquainted with the nature of philosophical reflection by exploring a number of classical philosophical themes in each of these two branches. Throughout the module there is an emphasis on developing those critical thinking, reading and writing skills that are required in philosophy, while students become acquainted with the power of critique as critical judgment and discernment.

 

FIL 120 Ethics, metaphysics and epistemology

The two semester modules at first-year level introduce students to the four main branches of philosophy as understood by the department of philosophy at the University of Pretoria, namely metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and political philosophy. This module explores the relationship between three of these branches, namely ethics, metaphysics and political philosophy and the emphasis is on texts by African and Western scholars. Students will become acquainted with the nature of philosophical reflection by exploring a number of classical philosophical themes in each of the three branches. Throughout the module there is an emphasis on developing those critical thinking, reading and writing skills that are required in philosophy, while students become acquainted with the power of critique as critical judgment and discernment.

 

FIL 210 Contesting modernities

This module explores the relationship between two of the main branches of philosophy, namely political philosophy and epistemology. The specific focus is on the historical emergence of modern African philosophy in relation to the Western canon. In the first term the module focusses on important philosophers of western modernity (Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and Sartre) while the second term traces the historical process through which the modern African subject is constituted in a struggle for recognition (in the work of Hegel, Du Bois, Biko, Fanon) and beyond (Senghor, Appiah, Mbembe).

 

FIL 220 Philosophy in context

This module explores the relationship between three main branches of philosophy, namely metaphysics, epistemology and ethics. Situated in the field of philosophy of mind, it explores a thematic that is of global socio-political relevance, namely the ethics of artificial intelligence with specific reference to the moral status of autonomous weapon systems.

 

FIL 310 Self and subjectivity

This module explores the relation between contemporary metaphysics and political philosophy. The focus of the module as a whole is philosophical anthropology and contemporary metaphysics, and seeks to interpret philosophically the facts that the sciences have discovered concerning the human condition with reference to the work of Sartre, Foucault, Bourdieu and Agamben.

 

FIL 320 Philosophy in context

In this module students will philosophically engage issues of socio-political relevance in contemporary (South) Africa, poised at the intersection of three main branches of philosophy, namely ethics, (African) political philosophy and epistemology. While the first term of the module explores the discourse on ‘epistemologies of the South’, the second term is situated at the intersection of economic anthropology, moral philosophy and political philosophy.

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