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Summer Institute 2017

In the summer of 2012, Douglas College began a project entitled the Summer Institute for Continental Philosophy. The institute takes the form of a third-year Philosophy course, PHIL 3380, attended by members of the Philosophy Department and other scholars, and includes a lecture by a visiting guest speaker.

This summer semester 2017, PHIL 3380 will be an introductory survey of the writings of several more recent continental philosophers, including Derrida, Foucault, Rorty, Marcuse, Habermas, Deleuze, Irigaray, Lyotard, Jameson and Lacan. 

See the Course Outline below.

The course ran from May 11 - August 3, 2017 at the New Westminster Campus. Students may apply for admission to PHIL 3380 by completing the admission form or by emailing Dr. Robert Nicholls: nichollsr@douglascollege.ca

PHIL 3380: Continental Philosophy is open to all post-secondary students with 9 credits in Philosophy (or equivalents) and transfers for third-year credit to universities across British Columbia, including UBC and SFU.

Students currently enrolled in a BC post-secondary institution do NOT need to apply for admission to Douglas College in order to take this course. To enrol, simply complete the form and attach an e-copy of your transcript.

Each summer, the institute invites a scholar with a background in a specific area of Continental Philosophy to give a public lecture followed by informal discussion. The course will be held once per week for approximately three hours Thursday evenings, and the guest lecture will constitute one of the course classes.


Visiting Speaker

Professor Alan Schrift, F. Wendell Miller Professor of Philosophy at Grinnell College, Iowa

Dr. Alan Schrift’s scholarship focuses on 19th- and 20th-century French and German philosophy.  In addition to over 80 published articles or book chapters on Nietzsche and 20th-century European philosophy, he is the author of Twentieth-Century French Philosophy: Key Themes and Thinkers (Blackwell 2006), Nietzsche’s French Legacy: A Genealogy of Poststructuralism (Routledge 1995), and Nietzsche and the Question of Interpretation:  Between Hermeneutics and Deconstruction (Routledge 1990). He was General Editor of the eight-volume History of Continental Philosophy (Acumen Publishing/University of Chicago Press 2010), which was awarded Honorable Mention in the category of multivolume reference in the 2010 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence. He currently serves as General Editor of The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, the Stanford University Press translation of Nietzsche’s Kritische Studienausgabe, and has recently co-edited a volume of selected writings of Jean Wahl: Transcendence and the Concrete (Fordham University Press, 2016).

Professor Schrift's talk will be held June 15th, at 6:30 PM. This is a public lecture: everyone is welcome.

Participating Faculty 2017

Dr. Bill Angelbeck, Anthropology, DC
Dr. Glen Baier, Philosophy, UFV
Dr. John Bruin, Philosophy, DC
Dr. Raquel Chapdelaine, Psychology, DC
Dr. Mano Daniel, Philosophy, DC
Dr. Robert Nicholls, Philosophy, DC
Dr. Edrie Sobstyl, Philosophy, DC
Dr. Steven Taubeneck, German and Philosophy, UBC
Dr. Peter Wilkins, English, DC

Douglas College Institute Directors

The Summer Institute for Continental Philosophy is directed by three Douglas College faculty, philosophers who have specialized in this area of Philosophy:

Dr. John Bruin received his PhD from Guelph/McMaster with a dissertation on Husserl which was subsequently published by the University of Ottawa Press in 2001 under the title Homo Interrogans. Dr. Bruin has also published articles on Heidegger.

Dr. Mano Daniel received his PhD from the University of Waterloo, completing his dissertation on Hannah Arendt. Dr. Daniel spent three years working at the Centre for Advanced Research in Phenomenology (CARP) at the Florida Atlantic University, where he co-edited the journal Phenomenology and the Cultural Disciplines.

Dr. Robert Nicholls also received his PhD from the University of Waterloo with a dissertation entitled Sense and Existence: Heidegger 1925-29. Dr. Nicholls has published essays on Nietzsche, Husserl and Heidegger.


Course Outline

PHIL 3380: Continental Philosophy

PREREQUISITES: 9 prior credits in Philosophy or permission of the instructor

REQUIRED TEXTS: prepared handouts

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  The course will provide an introductory survey of selected writings from a number of recent contributors to Continental Philosophy. Meeting Thursdays once per week, each class will cover a representative work by one philosopher, typically an essay or a chapter from a book, but in any case a reading of approximately twenty pages. Moreover, our plan this semester is to have many classes be conducted by a different scholar with a unique academic background.

Authors to be studied include: Derrida, Foucault, Rorty, Marcuse, Habermas, Deleuze, Irigaray, Lyotard, Jameson, Gadamer, Arendt and Lacan. 

This course represents the sixth Summer Institute for Continental Philosophy at Douglas College. The course is simultaneously a research institute as well as a third year undergraduate course in Philosophy that transfers for upper level credit to UBC, SFU and all other universities throughout the province. The course is intended primarily for Philosophy majors and minors, or for those otherwise appropriately prepared to undertake the work. In addition to comprising a welcomed component, the course includes a public lecture by an invited scholar, which will be open to the community at large, followed by a reception. 


COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 1) two essays, both worth 40% of the final grade. Essays must employ accepted scholastic format and must each be minimally 3,000 words in length (approximately 6 - 8 pages);

2) term mark: the term mark is comprised of an oral presentation and/or exam. The term mark is worth 20% of the final grade.

There is no final exam.


Past Summer Institutes

2016: Heidegger's Nietzsche Volumes

Guest Speaker: Professor Patricia Glazebrook, Director of the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Washington State University.

2015: Heidegger's Essays: Basic Writings

Guest Speaker: Professor Raj Singh, Philosophy, Brock University

2014: Marcuse: One-Dimensional Man
Guest Speaker: Professor Andrew Feenberg, Communications, Simon Fraser University

2013: Heidegger's Being and Time
Guest Speaker: Professor Jeff Mitscherling, Philosophy, University of Guelph

2012: Sartre's Being and Nothingness

Guest Speaker: Professor Bruce Baugh, Philosophy, Thompson Rivers University