Philosophy | Phenomenology and Existentialism
P335 | 3286 | Spade


Topic: Sartre's "Being and Nothingness"

This course will focus on Sartre's "earlier" philosophy to about 1946,
concentrating on his monumental work "Being and Nothingness."  Other
readings will be from Husserl's "The Idea of Phenomenology" (for
background) and from Sartre's "The transcendence of the Ego."  The
primary emphasis in the course will be on Sartre's metaphysics,
epistemology and philosophy of mind; his ethics will be treated only
insofar as they are a corollary of these other concerns (as Sartre
himself treats them in these works).  Some themes to be covered: the
nature of consciousness, its "constitution" of the world, the
metaphysics of human freedom, critique of the Freudian theory of the
unconscious, the nature of time, other minds and our relation to them,
existential psychonalysis.

There will be a series of weekly short quizzes of a quite "objective"
type, over matters of terminology and details of the theory.  In
addition, there will be a term paper, and two examinations of the
"essay" type, a midterm and a take-home final.  Questions for the
take-home final will be distributed the first day of class.

Required texts:Jean-Paul Sartre, "Being and Nothingness" (Pocket
Books) and "Transcendence of the Ego" (Noonday).

Although Husserl's "The Idea of Phenomenology" will be required
reading, I am not asking you to buy it.  Copies will be on reserve or
otherwise made available.