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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 Marxism, existentialism and Phenomenology. Themes to be considered include love, hatred, war, violence, friendship and solidarity. 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'.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Vassilacopoulos

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesEssays, on-line and/or individual, class and study group learning activities.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 30 credit points in Humanities or by approval of the subject coordinator


Incompatible subjectsPHI2LDM

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Learning resources

Understanding Hegelianism

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorSinnerbrink, R.





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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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.
02. Identify, formulate, analyse and judge the success of standard form and text-based arguments, using appropriate methods of analysis and critical reasoning.
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.
04. Write a carefully constructed essay in support of a philosophical claim.

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