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PHIL 385 Existentialism
Meaning, identity and alienation as explored in the works for example of Kierkegaard, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Sartre, and Camus.
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|PHIL 385 001||Web-Oriented Course||1||Tue Thu||12:30||14:00|
This course examines the tradition of Existentialism by looking to both its foundations and its innovations. Most well known through Sartre's statement that "existence precedes essence," the existentialist movement flourished during the twentieth century in France with thinkers such as Camus, Beauvoir, and Fanon. It continues to have great relevance today, structuring our every-day discourses about identity, the meaning of life, and interpersonal relationships. By engaging with the German and French traditions, from Hegel through to Irigaray, this course provides a comprehensive introduction to the philosophy of human existence. Course Text: Gordon Marino, Basic Writings of Existentialism, New York: Modern Library, 2004.
COVID-19 notice: Synchronous course components include lectures and discussions which will take place from 12:30 - 13:30 during scheduled Tuesday and Thursday classes. The remaining 30 minutes of class will include asynchronous activities.
|Full||PHIL 385 003||Web-Oriented Course||2||Tue Thu||14:00||15:30|
We read the groundbreaking existentialist writings of the Scandinavian philosopher Kierkegaard, including Either/Or (1843), Fear and Trembling (1843), and The Sickness Unto Death (1847). Questions brought up concern love and hate, life and death, and meaning and meaninglessness.
All lectures will be recorded and uploaded to a Youtube playlist. All students who have access to Youtube will be able to access the lectures asynchronously.