PHIL41560 Truth, History, Justice

Academic Year 2021/2022

The module will examine, through the works of Hegel, Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida and Patocka, the intricate relationship between the concept of truth, the comprehension of history and the idea of justice.
How can justice remain irreducible to truth? Why is truth, according to Levinas, incessantly bound up to violence, and consequently failing to inaugurate an ethical responsibility towards the singularity of the other? In which manner can the idea of justice open to a "hyper-ethical" and infinite responsibility?
Key concepts which will be approached in relation to truth, history and justice are "freedom", "subjectivity", "autonomy", "nihilism", "sacrifice", "law", "recognition", "reconciliation".

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Extensive knowledge of the post-Kantian continental philosophical tradition.
Extensive understanding of philosophical hermeneutics in relation to the three foundational concepts of truth, history and justice.
Extensive grasp of key metaphysical and ethical/political questions in the post-Kantian continental philosophical tradition.

Indicative Module Content:

The key concepts examined in this module will be Truth, History and Justice as each have developed in the deployment of post-Kantian continental thought.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Teaching and learning will revolve around lecturing as well as class discussion and participation.
One-to-one, face to face individual meetings with each student will be conducted at mid-term as well as throughout the second half of the module.
Extra-curricular study day, at the end of semester, will be held in order to further learning and comprehension of materials taught as well as offer students to present individual work and scholarship linked to subject matter of the module. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Final Essay will be expected at the end of the Module.
The Essay word count is : 5000 words.
Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

All registered students will be required to present a succinct draft and plan of their essay submissions in Week 6 of the trimester in a face-to-face interview with Module coordinator. This is in order to properly set the guidelines and expectations for this evaluation and offer constructive direction and supervision for all registered students.

G.W.F. Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, Engl. Translation: A. V. Miller, Oxford, OUP, 1965.
M. Heidegger, Being and Time, Engl. Translation: J. Macquarrie and E. Robinson, London, Blackwell, 1962.
M. Heidegger, On Time and Being, Engl. Translation: J. Stambaugh, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1999.
M. Heidegger, What is Called Thinking?, Engl. Translation: J. M. Gray, London/New York, Harper, 1976.
J. Patocka, Heretical Essays in the Philosophy of History, Engl. Translation: J. Dodd, New York, Open Court, 1999.
E. Levinas, Otherwise than Being, Engl. Translation: A. Lingis, Wisconsin, Duquesne University Press, 1999.
J. Derrida, Aporias, Engl. Translation: T. Dutoit, Stanford, Stanford University Press, 1993.
J. Derrida, Force of Law, Engl. Translation: G. Anidjar, London, Routledge, 2002.