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PHIL2230 – Existentialism pdf

Credits: 3 (3/0/0)
Description: Meets MnTC Goal Areas 2 and 6. This course provides an introduction to existential philosophy, explorations of key existentialist ideas and discussions of how existential thought might be applied to such themes as freedom, existence, despair, authenticity, alienation and death. Existentialism, as the name implies, emphasizes existence (that one is) over essence (what one is). The most famous definition of existentialism was articulated by Jean-Paul Sartre, who called it the theory that existence precedes essence. In other words, you are what you make yourself to be - you create your essence as you go along. The course will look at influential existentialists from Kierkegaard to Sartre and Camus.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
  1. Explore the historical context from which existentialist ideas were derived.
  2. Critique the works of a major philosopher(s) and/or the Existentialist movement.
  3. Construct informed and relevant reactions to the existentialist works presented.
  4. Generate and formulate positions regarding existentialist themes.
  5. Examine philosophical concepts and problems from a variety of perspectives.
  6. Analyze and articulate the logical connections between the premises and the conclusions of the existentialist.
  7. Assess the theoretical and practical implications that follow from existentialist arguments.
  8. Identify the philosophical (epistemological, metaphysical, and/or logical) presuppositions made by philosophical movements and participants
  9. Articulate an understanding of how later work in existentialism builds on previous work, and how they diverge from each other.
MnTC goal areas:
  • 2. Critical Thinking
  • 6. The Humanities and Fine Arts

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