|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
This module aims to introduce students to the main themes in Existentialism, exploring the work of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Sartre, and topics such as the nature of free will, personhood and meaning.
Introductory lecture: essence and existence
What is Existentialism?
Kierkegaard on the aesthetic sphere of existence and its shortcomings
Kierkegaard on the ethical sphere of existence and its shortcomings
Kierkegaard on the ‘leap of faith’ and the religious sphere of existence
Nietzsche on nihilism
Nietzsche on the metamorphoses of the spirit
Nietzsche on the Eternal Return of the Same
Freud on the unconscious
Sartre on existence and Existentialism
Sartre on free will and determinism
Sartre on bad faith and authenticity
Class discussion will explore, in particular, the following topics: topics concerning free will and determinism; faith, belief and the absurd; the coherence of the notion of the unconscious.
• become acquainted with the principal theories of Existentialism developed from the mid nineteenth century to the present day;
• come to recognise the impact that Existentialism has on other philosophical disciplines;
• acquire a basic grasp of the central concepts of existence and essence.
• be able to use the terminology of Existentialism;
• develop skills of analytical and critical thinking;
• engage critically and sensitively of key texts, drawn from a variety of ages and traditions.
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||20||1:00||20:00||Preparation and completion of essays.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||20||1:00||20:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||20||1:00||20:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||140:00||140:00||Prepare lecture material and prepare for small group teaching|
Lectures introduce central themes in European philosophy and provide an introduction to basic concepts and techniques in Existentialism. General study skills are to be taught in seminars, in particular skill in hermeneutically engaging with philosophical texts. Reading and reflecting on books and articles will take place in private study
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
The essay tests the ability to think creatively, self-critically and independently, managing one’s own work to time limits. Students will be assessed on their knowledge of key topics in Existentialism. They will be assessed on their skill to sensitively interpret texts drawn from a variety of ages and traditions.
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