Nov 29, 2023
PHI 244 - Existentialism
Description: The nature of human existence and our abilities to live meaningful and authentic lives. Emphasis on French, German, Danish, and Russian authors who maintain that life has no inherent meaning that humans can discover, but that we must determine meaning for ourselves. Topics may include: the human condition, the meaning of life, death, self-deception, authenticity, integrity and responsibility, guilt and shame, and love and sexuality.
Prerequisites: ENG 101 or ENG 101A or ENG 103 . Reading Proficiency.
General Education Competency: Written Communication; Diversity; Critical Thinking
- Historical developments of existential thought in German, French, Danish, and Russian philosophy
- The human condition
- The problem of the meaning of life
- The problem of authenticity
- The problem of free will
- The problem of death
- Explain the historical developments of existential ideas in Continental Philosophy. (1)
- Analyze key problems in existentialism. (2-6)
- Assess personal beliefs regarding the human condition. (1-6)
- Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 2,500 words of monitored writing, which includes a 1,500 word essay that undergoes iterations of the writing process (i.e., outline, rough draft, and etc.), using academically appropriate sources.