College Of Arts and Sciences | The Meaning of Life: Existential Perspectives
E103 | 0040 | Spade, P.
This semester we will concentrate on two important figures in the
existential tradition: Soren Kierkegaard and Jean-Paul Sartre. Main
themes will include: human freedom and “criterionless choice,” the
existence or non-existence of God, the nature of belief, the
structure of human consciousness, the notion of an “unconscious”
mind, human emotions, self-deception and morality. Two lectures and
one discussion section per week.
Readings will be from: Kaufmann, Existentialism From Dostoevski to
Sartre (a collection); Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling, Sartre’s
weird novel, Nausea. There will be short weekly quizzes, two essay-
type examinations and several short papers.