The concentration in Continental Philosophy explores this broad field of inquiry in relation to the historical roots it shares with Analytic Philosophy.
Our concentration situates Continental Philosophy in relation to the historical roots that it shares with Analytic Philosophy, specifically the work of Descartes, Kant, and Plato. Students explore the works of Hegel, Husserl, Levinas, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein as well as such contemporary philosophers as Badiou, Habermas, Nancy, Marion, Rancière, Butler, and Žižek. Students in the Applied Women’s Studies, Cultural Studies, English, History, Philosophy, and Religion programs may elect to add a concentration in Continental Philosophy, which is awarded in conjunction with the degree and is noted on the transcript as an additional area of qualification.
Our two-year curriculum cycle builds on the history and problems of the continental tradition, covering the following eras:
- Ancient: Socrates and the Socratic method; Plato and the Republic
- Early Modern: Descartes, Spinoza, Malebranch, Leibniz
- Modern: Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger
- Contemporary: Foucault, Badiou, Lacan, Žižek
- Systematic traditions/themes: German Idealism, Phenomenology, Existentialism, post-structuralism, subjectivity, historicism, etc.