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Department of Philosophy

University of Peradeniya

PHY 308 - Contemporary Continental Philosophy

The course provides the students with a knowledge of the basic themes in Contemporary Continental (German and French) Philosophy.

Course content:

  • Historical Background to Contemporary German & French Philosophy
  • Contemporary German Philosophy (after 1850)
  • Marxism
  • Phenomenology
  • German Philosophy of Science
  • Gestalt Psychology
  • Frankfurt school and Critical theory
  • German Existentialism
  • Contemporary French Philosophy
  • Post Structuralism
  • Structuralism
  • French Existentialism
  • Post Modernism

Reading List
1. Fisher, B.H.A.L. A History of Europe. Vol. II, Eyer and Spoltiswoode: Great Britain, Chapters xcv, xcvii.
2. Leotard, F.1984. Post-Modern Condition: A Report on Knowledge. trans: Geoff Benmington & Brian Masseur, University of Minnesota Press.
3. Marshall, Berman.1982. All that is Solid Melts into Air: The Experience of Modernity. New York.
4. Ronald, Bouge.1989. Deleuze and Gyattari. London & New York, Routledge.
5. Roy, Boyne.1989. "The Cartesian Exclusion" in Roy Boyne, Foucault and Deride: The Other side of Reason. London, Unwin Hyman.
6. Klarni, R. & Rainwater, M.1996. (ed) The Continental Philosophy Reader. London, Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Relevant Reading Material are available in the Department of Philosophy & Psychology.