Introduction to Existentialism (FYS)|
Fall 2022 not offered
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 thinkers such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Emilio Uranga, Leopoldo Zea, Gloria Anzald˙a, and Frantz Fanon. Throughout we will investigate what lessons for political life and belonging we can draw from these thinkers in our contemporary world.
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Gloria Anzald˙a, selections from LIGHT IN THE DARK/LUZ EN LO OSCURO
Simone de Beauvoir, THE ETHICS OF AMBIGUITY and selections from THE SECOND SEX
Fyodor Dostoevsky, NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND and "The Grand Inquisitor"
Frantz Fanon, BLACK SKIN, WHITE MASKS
Friedrich Nietzsche, THE GENEALOGY OF MORALS
Jean-Paul Sartre, EXISTENTIALISM IS A HUMANISM and selections from BEING AND NOTHINGNESS
Emilio Uranga, "Essay on the Ontology of the Mexican"
Leopoldo Zea, "Philosophy as Commitment"
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The grading for this course will be 1) two longer papers at the midterm and end of the semester; 2) weekly writing exercises; 3) attendance and active participation.
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