Instructor Info:
Name: VERKERK, WILLOW
Office Telephone:
Email: wverkerk@mail.ubc.ca
Taught Sections:
Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Section Comments
 PHIL 335 001Lecture2 Mon Wed Fri12:0013:00
 PHIL 348 001Lecture1 Tue Thu14:0015:30

This course introduces key texts and ideas from major European philosophers from the 18th century onward. The discussion commences with Kant's answer to the question "What is Enlightenment?" and follows with texts by Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche. Enlightenment thinking is further challenged by philosophy in the 20th century, by the question of technology by Heidegger, and by Horkheimer and Adorno, who critique instrumentalized rationality. We then turn to Hannah Arendt's analysis of the terrors of national socialism and Stalinist communism. We study Franz Fanon's attack on colonialism, Christine Delphy's critique of capitalism, and Judith Butler's examination of heterosexist power. Simon de Beauvoir provides an important reflection on freedom, ethics, and the human condition. We revisit th and ~

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question, "What is Enlightenment?" with Michel Foucault to complete to course.

Together, we will examine the relationships between knowledge, freedom, and progress in order to understand the concepts of humanism and enlightenment from historical perspectives. In addition, we will explore key problems thought to be particular to the loss of meaning and value occurring after the death of God and the rise of consumer culture, such as nihilism and alienation.

While this course is restricted to upper-level students, those in their first or second year who are interested in taking the course may contact the course instructor directly, at: willow.verkerk@ubc.ca

 PHIL 385 001Lecture1 Tue Thu12:3014:00

This course examines the tradition of Existentialism by looking to both its foundations and its innovations. Although Heidegger is often assumed to be the father of Existentialism, its legacy can be traced back further to Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, and to Hegel before them. Perhaps most well-known through Sartre's statements that "existence precedes essence," the existentialist movement flourished during the twentieth century in France with thinkers such as Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Camus, Beauvoir, and Fanon. It continues to have great relevance today, structuring our every-day discourses about identity, the meaning of life, and interpersonal relationships. By engaging with the French and German traditions, from Hegel through to Irigaray, this course provides a comprehensive introduction to

the philosophy of human existence. Course Textbook: Gordon Marino, "Basic Writings of Existentialism," New York: Modern Library, 2004.

 PHIL 416 001Seminar2 Tue Thu12:3014:00

This course studies "Beyond Good and Evil" and "On the Genealogy of Morality" with excerpts from The Gay Science and Thus Spoke Zarathustra in order to examine Nietzsche's critique of metaphysics and morality. Nietzsche's critique involves a questioning of truth, identity, and freedom. His method of "genealogy" allows him to cast a perspective of suspicion on shared beliefs, one which initiates his readers into a new kind of critical thinking that is both intellectual and emotive. Together, we will chart Nietzsche's deconstruction of western metaphysics and learn why his thinking was so influential to Martin Heidegger, Georges Bataille, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Simone de Beauvoir, Jacques Derrida, and Luce Irigaray. We will also look to contemporary readings of Nietzsche in and ~

the analytic tradition (Brian Leiter, Maudemarie Clark, and John Richardson, amongst others).

 PHIL 448 001Seminar2 Tue Thu15:3017:00

This course explores how notions of perversion were questioned and undermined by two continental traditions: Psychoanalysis and Phenomenology. It explores the relationship between the "normal" and the "pathological" through philosophical accounts of embodiment and sexuality. We begin with a reading of Sigmund Freud's "Three Essays on Sexuality." We then examine Freud's accounts of femininity and homosexuality alongside works of Luce Irigaray and Sara Ahmed. Next, Jacques Lacan's articulation of the position of desire will be considered with Judith Butler's response to him in "Bodies That Matter." Finally, we read Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Ahmed to consider the role of phenomenology in broadening our understanding of the healthy desiring body and what it means to be a sexual being today.

BlockedPHIL 518A 001Lecture2
 RGLA 372A 002Lecture1 Tue Thu12:3014:00

This class is cross-listed with PHIL 385. For more information about content, see that class.

If you seek to enrol in the class that this class is cross-listed with but there is no availability in that class, please contact the RGLA Chair(s)