LOVE, DESIRE, AND THE MASTER-SLAVE DIALECTIC

PHI3LDM

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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'.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Vassilacopoulos

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PHI2LDM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify the underlying issues in a complex problem or controversial debate, analyse their structure and employ appropriate reasoning strategies designed to resolve the problem.

Activities:
Essays, on-line and/or individual, class and study group learning activities.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

02. Identify, formulate, analyse and judge the success of standard form and text-based arguments, using appropriate methods of analysis and critical reasoning.

Activities:
Essays, on-line and/or individual, class and study group learning activities.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Locate, review, analyse and synthesise unfamiliar ideas and lines of argument with an open mind and willingness to question and revise assumptions and change one's own views when appropriate.

Activities:
Essays, on-line and/or individual, class and study group learning activities.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. Write a carefully constructed essay in support of a philosophical claim.

Activities:
Essay writing, modelling, feedback on essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)

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