2007 HPA233 Self and Subjectivity

Unit Level: Intermediate

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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See also   HPA333

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This unit introduces students to a range of thought relating to the nature of the self and identity. Students explore ideas of `personhood`, personal identity,`selfhood` and embodiment, drawing on work from both European and Anglo-American philosophers. The unit examines questions such as `Is the self the brain, or the soul, or nothing at all?; `What makes me the same person now as the person I was last year?`; 'What is the relation between myself, my body and my mind?'; 'What is the relation between culture and identity?'. Students explore the relation between identity, imagination, and memory, as well as issues of agency and autonomy, gender, and narrative.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT: 2,000-word essay (40%), 3-hr seen exam (60%)

TEACHING PATTERN: 2 hrs lectures weekly (12 wks), 1 tutorial fortnightly

Note: Class attendance may still be required

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Prereq 25% level 100 Arts

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