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7AAN2053 Nineteenth-Century Continental Philosophy


Credit value: 20
Module tutor: Dr John Callanan


  • Summative assessment: one 4,000-word essay (100%)
  • Formative assessment: one 2,500–3,000-word essay


  • Summative assessment: one 4,000-word essay (100%)
  • Formative assessment: one 2,000–3,000-word essay

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: one one-hour weekly lecture and one one-hour weekly seminar. 
Pre-requisites: none
Sample syllabus: Please see the Past syllabi section below for an indication of the syllabus for this module.

This module introduces two of the most influential and subtle of modern philosophers: G.W.F. Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche. Beginning with a brief overview of Kant’s philosophy, the course examines how Hegel and Nietzsche attempt, in very different ways, to refine, transform, or destroy the legacy of the Enlightenment. The focus, in particular, will be on the conception of the self, of normativity, and of the philosophical method, that emerges from texts such as Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morality. All texts will be studied in translation.

Further information

Module aims
  • To gain a familiarity with 2 classic texts in the history of philosophy
  • To understand the dynamics between Kantian and post-Kantian themes in philosophy.

To grasp the nature of the major Hegelian and Nietzschean themes in subsequent history of philosophy. 

Learning outcomes

Students completing this module should achieve:

  • a capacity to acquire a firm grasp of the philosophical content the most important developments in nineteenth-century philosophy
  • an ability to ascertain the significance of works within their philosophical, historical and cultural background
  • skill in the careful analysis of language and argument as a means of exposition, as an instrument of refutation and as a dialectical process of engaging with other philosophers
Past syllabi

7AAN2053 module syllabus 2013-14 (pdf)
7AAN2053 module syllabus 2012-13
7AAN2053 module syllabus 2015-16 (pdf)

Please note that module syllabus and topics covered may vary from year to year.

More detailed information on the current year’s module (including the syllabus for that year) can be accessed on KEATS by all students and staff. 

Core reading

Nietzsche -  Genealogy of Morals

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