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German & Philosophy Text Module - PHI00074H

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  • Department: Philosophy
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. James Clarke
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

  • None

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

  • To read German Idealist Practical Philosophy (chiefly, the practical philosophy of Fichte and Hegel) in the original German.
  • To read selections from the German secondary literature.
  • To introduce and critically evaluate the central ideas and arguments of German Idealist Practical Philosophy.
  • To appreciate issues arising in the translation of philosophical ideas.
  • To understand and evaluate complex ideas through close study of texts in German.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Display a critical understanding of central ideas and arguments in German Idealist Practical Philosophy.
  • Engage critically with the German primary and secondary literature.
  • Develop an awareness of issues arising in the translation of philosophical ideas, through consideration of the relevant German texts alongside standard translations.
  • Engage critically with complex ideas as presented in German texts, developing and defending their own views.

Module content

This module is a bridge module for students in the German and Philosophy Combined degree.  It involves reading primary and secondary literature in German alongside students in the related third-year module, who will be reading the primary literature in translation.  Students will be expected to reflect in the joint seminars on the philosophical ideas presented in the textsand also on issues arising out of attempts to recast those ideas in English as in some of the available translations.    


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

The formative task consists of one essay plan to be submitted in Week 8 of the Spring Term.

The summative assessment consists of one 2,500-word essay to be submitted in Week 2 of the Summer Term. 


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Oral feedback on formative work will be given in a tutorial within two weeks of submission.

Written feedback on assessed summative work will be available four weeks after submission. 

Indicative reading

Fichte, J.G. (1796/7) Grundlage des Naturrechts nach Principien der wissenschaftslehre (Hamburg: Felix Meiner)

Hegel, G.W.F. Jenaer Schriften1801-1807 (Berlin: Suhrkamp)

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