Search results - Existentialism
London Road Campus
|Dates||Tue 23 Apr to Tue 25 Jun 2013|
Time of meeting: 7.00-9.00pm
Number of meetings: 10
|Application status||In progress - closed to new applications|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.|
OverviewThis course is aimed at introducing students to the key features of the existential movement and its progress within continental thought, taking into account its earliest origins and the contemporary views it influenced.
DescriptionExistentialism is a philosophical movement that arguably began in the works of the German Idealists in the early Nineteenth Century. These thinkers shared a philosophical concern over the nature of the self that then began to develop in the works of the likes of Kierkegaard into something that became more recognisable as existentialism. With its focus on the individual as autonomous and self-defining, existentialism addressed issues like subjectivity, self-consciousness and living an 'authentic' existence that was the result of making real choices. As Sartre put it in the Twentieth Century, 'man first of all exists, and defines himself afterwards'.
Programme detailsWeek 1: An introduciton to existentialism
Week 2: Schelling, Hegel and spirit
Week 3: Kierkegaard's critique of Hegel
Week 4: Kierkegaard: the 'first' existentialist?
Week 5: Nietzsche and passion
Week 6: Nietzsche and suspicion
Week 7: Heidegger and existential phenomenology
Week 8: Sartre and the French movement
Week 9: Sartre on morality
Week 10: Camus and after
Ed. Kaufman, W. Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre
Eds. Hong & Hong The Essential Kierkegaard
Carlisle, C. Kierkegaard: A Guide for the Perplexed
Kaufman, W. Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist
Inwood, M. Heidegger: A Very Short Introduction
Wartenberg, T. Existentialism: A Beginner's Guide
Dr Magnus Moar
Magnus Moar is a graduate of Oxford and Sussex Universities with a doctoral thesis focussing on the work of Kierkegaard. Magnus has a published...more
Course aimsCourse aim:
The aim of this course is to provide students with a good understanding of existententialism, its key concepts and key thinkers.
1. To enable students to appreciate how subjectivity and relativism can be valuable philosophicla approaches.
2. To situate existentialism within continental philosophy as a whole.
3. To look at the impact of existentialism on religion, morality and politics.
Assessment methodsThe assessment will follow option A with four short assignments over the course; one of these may be a presentation.
Teaching methodsThe sessions will be in a seminar format including both presentation of the key ideas and open discussion based around short extracts and articles. Students will have the opportunity, if they wish, to give a short presentation as a part of their portfolio assessment.
Teaching outcomesBy the end of the course students will be expected to:
1. Be able to discuss some of the major concerns of the philosophers studied.
2. Develop their critical and analytical skills through the reading, the portfolio and the sessions.
3. Enable a keener sense of inter-communication through group discussion.
- Programme Fee
- Home/EU fee: £145.00
- Non-EU fee: £145.00