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Introduction to Existentialism (FYS)
Fall 2020
Section: 01   02  

This course covers the wide variety of thinkers who may be considered a part of the existentialist tradition. The political and cultural phenomenon of existentialism asks questions concerning the essence of freedom in modern society, the role of emotions and passions in subjectivity, how meaning is brought to life, and the tensions between individuality and society. We will address these questions through the writings of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Søren Kierkegaard, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Gabriel Marcel, Simone Weil, Richard Wright, Frantz Fanon, Toni Morrison, and James Baldwin. Throughout we will investigate what lessons for political life and belonging we can draw from these thinkers in our contemporary world.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS PHIL
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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