Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

PHIL 436: Contemporary French Philosophy

PHIL 436: Contemporary French Philosophy

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Selected texts of Derrida, Levinas, Foucault, Lyotard, Lacan, Deleuze, and others are discussed.

PHIL 436: Contemporary French Philosophy

Adriaan Peperzak

After Kant’s revolution and Hegel’s attempt at concluding modern philosophy by his Encyclopedic synthesis, three thinkers have catalyzed much of Western thought: Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, and Emmanuel Levinas.

Our Fall seminar will study the renewal of philosophy, and especially of “ethics as first philosophy,” that Emmanuel Levinas (1905-1995) has accomplished. In doing so, we will have to show how his work relates to other classics with whom he was in discussion, such as Plato, Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Husserl, and Heidegger, but our main purpose will be to acquire a clear insight into Levinas’ new foundation of ethics and philosophy in general.