[PHIL 234] Existentialism


An exploration of questions concerning the meaning of human existence in conversation with a group of 19th- and 20th-century thinkers in revolt against traditional philosophy. From Kierkegaard and Nietzsche to Sartre, Beauvoir, and Camus, the existentialists posed such questions as: What kind of existence is most meaningful? If God is dead, does existence lose its meaning? Is there such a thing as authentic existence, and if so, what does it involve? Is the course of our lives determined by our character and situation, or are we defined by our choices? What is the best way to respond to the absurdity of our existence? We will join the existentialists in considering these questions and a number of related themes, such as anxiety, death, and nothingness.

Course Title

Existentialism

Course Code

PHIL 234

Units

1

Fulfills Requirements

5T,W

Prerequisites

Prerequisite: Philosophy 110 or 115, or consent of instructor.

Frequency

Offered occasionally.
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