Philosophy: Existentialism.

Glossary: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z.
No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life, Part I
by Robert Solomon. Lectures:
  1. What is Existentialism?
  2. Albert Camus, The Stranger, Part I.
  3. Camus, The Stranger, Part II.
  4. Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus.
  5. Camus, The Plague and The Fall.
  6. Camus, The Fall, Part II.
  7. Soren Kierkegaard, "On Becoming a Christian".
  8. Kierkegaard on Subjective Truth.
  9. Kierkegaard's Existential Dialectic.
  10. Friedrich Nietzsche on Nihilism and the Death of God.
  11. Nietzsche, the "Immortal".
  12. Nietzsche on Freedom, Fate, and Responsibility.
No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life, Part II
by Robert Solomon. Lectures:
  1. Nietzsche — the Übermensch and the Will to Power.
  2. etc.!

Existentialism and After: Notes on a class taught 2010 by Benjamin Roome

Required texts

Outline

  1. Week One: Introduction to Existentialism. Sessions:
    1. Intro and outline of course.
    2. Fyodor Dostoevsky: Irrationalism and Freedom. "Notes from Underground" section (in Basic Writings of Existentialism).
    3. Fyodor Dostoevsky (continued). "The Grand Inquisitor" section (in Basic Writings of Existentialism).

  2. Week Two: The Absurd. Sessions:
    1. Soren Kierkegaard: Nihilism, Faith and Despair. "Diapsalmata" and "The Rotation Method".
    2. Soren Kierkegaard (continued): Selections from Fear and Trembling (in Basic Writings of Existentialism) and from Sickness unto Death (in Basic Writings of Existentialism).
    3. Albert Camus: Absurdity. An Absurd Reasoning (in Basic Writings of Existentialism) and The Myth of Sisyphus (in Basic Writings of Existentialism).

  3. Week Three: Introduction to Nietzsche and the Self. Sessions:
    1. Friedrich Nietzsche: Critique of Morality and Hope for Creativity. "The Madman" and other selections from The Gay Science.
    2. Friedrich Nietzsche (continued): On the Genealogy of Morals, First Essay (in Basic Writings of Existentialism).
    3. Friedrich Nietzsche (continued): On the Genealogy of Morals, Second Essay (in Basic Writings of Existentialism) plus further selections from The Gay Science.

  4. Week Four: The Question of Being. Sessions:

  5. Week Five: Freedom and Restraint. Sessions:

Existentialism by Walter Kaufmann

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