Twentieth-Century Philosophy:
Existentialism, Phenomenology, and Hermeneutics


Dr Cullan Joyce (coordinator)
Semester 2, 2020
Thursday 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Thought about God has re-emerged as a fundamental interest for contemporary continental philosophy.  Is it possible to think about God at all?  If so, in what way?  This unit examines developments in twentieth-century continental philosophy that establish the framework for contemporary thought about metaphysics, God and faith. Particular attention will be given to major texts covering nihilism, existentialism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and postmodern thought. 

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August 


one unit of philosophy


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


  • two 1,000-word seminar papers 2 x 15%
  • one 4,000-word essay 60%
  • one 1,000-word skeleton argument 10% 


  • Critchley, Simon, and William Schroeder. A Companion to Continental Philosophy. Blackwell Companions to Philosophy. Oxford: Blackwell, 1998.
  • Cutrofello, Andrew. Continental Philosophy: A Contemporary Introduction. Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy. London: Routledge, 2005.
  • Gadamer, Hans-Georg. Truth and Method. Translated by William Glen-Doepel. Translation revised by Joel Weinsheimer and Donald G. Marshall. 2nd ed. New York: Crossroad, 1992.
  • Heidegger, Martin. Being and Time: A Translation of “Sein und Zeit”. Translated by Joan Stambaugh. Revised by Dennis J. Schmidt. State University of New York Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2010.
  • Husserl, Edmund. Collected Works. Vol. 8, The Idea of Phenomenology. Translated by Lee Hardy. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic, 1999.
  • Levinas, Emmanuel. “Philosophy and the Idea of Infinity.” In Collected Philosophical Papers, translated by Alphonso Lingis, 47–59. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 1998.
  • Sokolowski, Robert. Introduction to Phenomenology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Teichman, Jenny, and Graham White, eds. An Introduction to Modern European Philosophy. 2nd ed. London: Macmillan, 1998.
  • West, David. Continental Philosophy: An Introduction. New ed. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2010. 
  • Young, Julian. German Philosophy for the Twentieth Century: Weber to Heidegger. London: Routledge, 2018.