Modern and contemporary philosophy

We are often told that we are living in a post-modern environment, but what does that really mean? Find out in this course, which will explore the challenges presented by post-modernism while explaining how it came about.

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Teacher Date Day Time Sessions Fee Enrol
Walter Kudrycz 18 July Tuesday 6-8pm 8 $295 Enrol now

Course outline

  • Week 1: Pre-Modern and modern approaches to philosophy
  • Week 2: Romanticism and modernity
  • Week 3: Hegel and Schopenhauer
  • Week 4: Nietzsche and art
  • Week 5: Heidegger and existentialism
  • Week 6: From structuralism to post-structuralism
  • Week 7: Foucault and history
  • Week 8: Derrida and language

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should have an understanding of the major theme and issues of western philosophy.

Who should enrol

This course is open to anyone with an interest in learning more about philosophy.


Dr Walter Kudrycz studied and then taught medieval history at Sydney University. As an undergraduate he also studied philosophy and Latin. Since moving to Canberra, Walter has worked as an historian for the Australian War Memorial, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Museum, and the National Library. He has also been employed as a lecturer in history at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Walter has written a book on the relationship between historiography and philosophy. His current areas of research are the medieval Crusades and the ethical issues associated with animal rights.

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