COLL-E 103 23065 The Meaning of Life: Existential Perspectives (Spade, P.) (A & H)

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..

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.