Faculty of Arts

Monash University

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitPhilosophy
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Mark Kelly


Previously coded PHL2010


The unit provides an overview of major developments in Continental philosophy of religion. The beginning of the unit explores the influential critiques of religion made by Kant, Nietzsche and Feuerbach, analyses the significance of the announcement that God is dead, and examines the philosophical implications of atheism. The remainder of the unit addresses major figures in the Continental tradition for whom the death of God opens new ways for thinking about religion. These thinkers include Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Rosenzweig, Levinas, Derrida, Marion and Vattimo. The unit also provides an introduction to the philosophical methods of 'phenomenology' and 'hermeneutics'.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Understand the major developments in Continental philosophy of religion
  2. Appreciate the distinct contribution of major Continental thinkers to the critique of philosophical theology and to its renewal
  3. Be able to analyse seminal texts from Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Heidegger and others
  4. Have gained an introduction to the methods of phenomenology and hermeneutics and appreciate their usefulness for the philosophy of religion and philosophy generally
  5. Demonstrate the capacity to interpret and evaluate important concepts, arguments and texts, as well as to put forward ideas and arguments of their own in a clear and cogent way.


Assignment 1 (2000 words): 40%
Assignment 2 (2000 words): 40%
Oral presentation and participation: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

one 90 minute lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week

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