An investigation of the philosophy of existentialism through works of philosophy and fiction. The class will consider the different views of the self in existentialist thought, the relationship of the self to the world and to others, and the nature of human freedom and responsibility. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
Being and Nothingness
By Sartre (Washington Square Press) Recommended
Being and Time
By Heidegger (HarperSanFrancisco) Recommended
To become familiar with the matter and method of contemporary continental philosophy.
To become familiar with some of the classic texts from existential phenomenology.
To understand the views of some of the giants of existential phenomenology as well as the arguments in support of those views.
To understand the lasting relationship contemporary continental philosophy has with eh history of Western philosophy.
Read classic philosophical prose for critical understanding.
Understand the classic issues and problems in existential phenomenology.
Formalize sophisticated philosophical arguments.
Analyze and provide criticism of sophisticated philosophical arguments.
Analyze and provide criticisms of sophisticated philosophical arguments.
Understand the method of Western philosophy.
Understand the method of Western philosophy and how contemporary philosophy treats existential phenomenology.
Rejection of Cartesian Dualism
“To the things themselves!”
Self and world
Freedom and responsibility
Being with others
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20
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subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.