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Prerequisites:
One level-I or level-II Philosophy Course.

Instructor
Dr. Lawrence Bamikole

Teaching
i) Two lecture hours per week
ii) One tutorial hour attendance per week








 

 

 

 

 

 
PH36B: Recent Philosophy II

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Course Description

Course Rationale

It has become necessary for philosophy as a respectable discipline to make itself relevant to our contemporary world, both theoretically and practically. This view has become important within the context of developing countries where every profession is expected to make contribution to the much needed development of such countries. Thus, a philosophy programme in a typical African or Caribbean university is expected to aim at relating its findings to issues and problems that constitute challenges to the realities of the society.

Philosophy is empowered to do this in light of its critical and analytical nature. However, it is not enough to stop at methodological application of analysis and criticisms to issues, it is also expected that contributions are made to substantive issues that generate controversies in our times with the ultimate aim of enabling citizens and governments to make decisions in the face of conflicting alternatives.

It is the objective of this course, therefore, to intimate students with the main philosophical concerns in the late 20th and early 21st Centuries. These concerns are methodological and substantive in character. The methodological concerns are related to the question whether there are alternative ways of conceiving realities apart from the way that have been bequeathed to us by our erstwhile colonial masters. As relates to philosophy in particular, we want to examine whether there is something called philosophy that is universal, trans-historical and trans-cultural. The methodological concerns also involve the question of how philosophy can be used to understand and deal with the human condition in developing nations of the world, especially Africa and the Caribbean. The substantive concerns pertain to some of the global problems that steer humanity at the face and how philosophy can be used to understand and (sic) provide ways of resolving them if they can be resolved at all.

Evaluation
  • Tutorial attendance and presentation … … 10 marks
  • One Research Essay … … 30 marks
  • Final Examination (2 hours) … … 60 marks
 
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