Philosophy of the Human Person and Society
 

AP8002C
Foundational Unit

Dr Cullan Joyce (coordinator)
Semester 2, 2020
Wednesday 6.00pm — 9.00pm
This unit is devoted to the systematic examination of the basic presuppositions, concepts and theoretical frameworks that have shaped the Western philosophical understanding of the human person as individual and socio-political. The topics covered in this unit include nature, agency and subjectivity, bodiliness, sexual difference, the personal capacity for transcendence; the basis, purpose and structure of the state’s authority; liberalism and distributive justice. A number of contemporary approaches to the understanding of human nature will be discussed in relation to the human person as a moral and social subject.

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August

Prerequisites

none

Mode

face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester

Assessment

  • one 6,000-word essay 100%
or
  • one 4,000-word essay 60%
  • one 2-hour written examination (2,000 words) 40%
or
  • one 4,000-word essay 60%
  • one 2,000-word essay 40%

Bibliography

  • Aquinas, Thomas. Summa Theologiae. Translated by the Fathers of the English Dominican Province. 2nd ed. London: Burns Oates & Washbourne, 1927. 
  • Aristotle. The Complete Works of Aristotle: The Revised Oxford Translation. Edited by Jonathan Barnes. Bollingen 71: 2. 2 vols. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1984. 
  • Descartes, René. Meditations on First Philosophy: With Selections from the Objections and Replies. Translated by Michael Moriarty. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Hobbes, Thomas. Leviathan. Everyman’s Library 691. London: Dutton, 1973.
  • Kant, Immanuel. Critique of Pure Reason. Translated and edited by Paul Guyer and Allen W. Wood. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
  • Locke, John. Two Treatises of Government. Ontario: McMaster University Archive of the History of Economic Thought, 1999. 
  • Rousseau, Jean Jacques. The Social Contract and Discourses. Translation and introduction by G.D.H. Cole, revised and augmented by J.H. Brumfitt and John C. Hall. London: Dent, c1973.
  • Sophocles. The Theban Plays: King Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone. Translated by E. F. Watling. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1947.