This tutorial surveys existentialist figures such as Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Karl Jaspers, Gabriel Marcel, Iris Murdoch, and Jean-Paul Sartre.
Our tutorial will survey twentieth-century existentialism, paying particular (though not exclusive) attention to Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Karl Jaspers, Gabriel Marcel, Iris Murdoch, and Jean-Paul Sartre. How to define existentialism? What makes it a distinctive philosophical school or movement? What is its connections to literature? To science? What answers, if any, does it provide to modern nihilism? In exploring these questions, central issues to be examined include perception, embodiment, intersubjectivity, ethics, and philosophical method. While reading recommendations from the secondary literature are listed, the weekly assignments will rely largely on primary texts.
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