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PHIL 448 001 (Seminar)

Topics in Continental Philosophy

A study of European philosophers from amongst Husserl, Heidegger, Habermas, Foucault, Derrida, Lacan, Levinas, and others. Credit will be granted for only one of PHIL 448 or PHIL 449.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Location: Vancouver

Term 2 (Jan 06, 2020 to Apr 08, 2020)

Cr/D/F Grading Change Dates

Last day to change between Credit/D/Fail and percentage grading (grading options cannot be changed after this date): January 17, 2020


Withdrawal Dates
Last day to withdraw without a W standing : January 17, 2020
Last day to withdraw with a W standing
(course cannot be dropped after this date) :
February 14, 2020

TermDay Start TimeEnd TimeBuildingRoom
2 Tue Thu15:3017:00BuchananD207
Instructor: VERKERK, WILLOW


Seat Summary
Total Seats Remaining:14
Currently Registered:11
General Seats Remaining:14
Restricted Seats Remaining*:0
-  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.

Book Summary :
Title Reqd/Opt/Rel Author ISB
Phenomenology of Perception Required MERLEAU-PONTY 9780415834339
Queer Phenomenology Required AHMED 9780822339144
Speculum of The Other Woman Required IRIGARAY 9780801493300
Three Essays On The Theory of Sexuality Required FREUD (TRANS KISTNER) 9781784783587