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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Beginning with Hegel, we will consider the master-slave dialectic and the conflictual account of relations with other people that it describes. We will then consider the Nietzschean adaptation of this position in his account of slave morality and ressentiment, before tracing the heritage of these two ideas (one ontological, the other 'moral') through their twentieth century developments in psychoanalysis (Lacan), existentialism (Sartre, de Beauvoir, and Merleau-Ponty), and in the (post)phenomenological work of Levinas, Deleuze, and Derrida. Themes to be considered include love, desire, hatred, friendship, shame, Bad Faith, authenticity, sadism, masochism, as well as solipsism (how can we know that other people exist?) and ontology. Ultimately we will seek to establish whether or not Sartre was right to describe love as a 'ruse', and relations with other people as 'hell'.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Evans

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Prerequisites Must have passed 1 subject from PHI1PPR, PHI1GPI, PHI1CRT or PHI1BAP. All other students require coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects PHI2LDM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsUnderstanding Hegelianism,RecommendedSinnerbrink, R. 2007ACUMEN

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