Continental philosophy is identified not by geographical region but by a style of thinking and writing. Complementing ‘analytic’ approaches, continental approaches to philosophy of religion draw upon literary devices; cultural, feminist or political theory; historical analysis; play and imagination; experimental forms of language; psychoanalysis; deconstruction and many others. This module will consider examples of ‘continental’ thinking through primary texts as they relate to traditional topics in the philosophy of religion such as faith and knowledge, thinking and being, subject and object, individual and community, religious language, revelation and religious experience, the nature of God, evil and suffering, life and death.
Students will engage with selected themes, issues and texts which may be drawn from such examples as Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Bonhoeffer, Arendt, Levinas, Derrida, Deleuze, Marion, Agamben, Žižek etc.
Assessment: 1500 word critical response (30%) and 3500 word essay (70%)