2007 HPA225 Existentialism and Beyond

Unit Level: Intermediate

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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See also   HPA325

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Existentialism is a label used to refer to a group of 20th-century philosophers, mostly French and German, who take philosophy to be essentially concerned with the problems of individual human existence -- with questions of life and death, meaning and value, hope and despair. Martin Heidegger and Jean-Paul Sartre are representative of such `existentialist` thinkers. This unit explores 20th-century existentialist thought in philosophy and literature, while also looking at the development of philosophers such as Heidegger beyond the original existentialist frame.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT: 2,000-word assignment (40%), 3-hr exam (60%)

TEACHING PATTERN: internal: 2 hrs lectures weekly, 1-hr tutorial fortnightly (13 weeks); dist.ed: print-based delivery (13 wks)

Prereq 25% level 100 Philosophy for major or, where appropriate, 25% 1st-year Arts

STAFF: Dr J Reynolds

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