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Unit Code
Unit Title
HAF215 Contemporary Feminist Thought
(Not Offered 2010)
HAF218 Special Topic in Gender Studies
HAF219 Feminist Philosophy
(Not Offered 2010)
HAF227 Contemporary Representations of Gender
(Not Offered 2010)
HAF228 Religion and Gender
HAF229 Gender, Ethics and Society
HAF233 Gender & Youth
HPA200 Contemporary Bioethics
HPA207 Philosophy of Mind
HPA208 Metaphysical Puzzles
(Not Offered 2010)
HPA209 The Meaning of Life
HPA210 Theories of Ethics
HPA212 Professional Ethics
(Not Offered 2010)
HPA213 Philosophy of Science
(Not Offered 2010)
HPA216 Knowledge and Belief
HPA218 Philosophy of Biology
(Not Offered 2010)
HPA219 Buddhist Philosophy
HPA234 Zen and Tao: East Asian Philosophy
(Not Offered 2010)
HPA236 Philosophy of Art, Aesthetics and Creativity
HPA237 Philosophy and Film
(Not Offered 2010)
HPA238 Exceptional Leadership
HPA239 Indian Philosophy
(Not Offered 2010)
HPA242 Law, Society and Morality
HPA244 Aboriginal Philosophy
HPA247 Creative Citizenship
HPA250 Existentialism and Beyond
HPA256 Philosophy and Cosmology
HPA266 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
HPA268 Modern Philosophy
HPA271 Philosophy and the Body
(Not Offered 2010)
HPA274 Science and Religion
HPA276 Indo-Tibetan History, Philosophy and Culture
HPA277 Environmental Philosophy
(Not Offered 2010)
HPA288 Philosophy of Language
(Not Offered 2010)
HPA289 Political Philosophy
HPA291 Introduction to Logic
HPA292 Logic and Philosophy
(Not Offered 2010)
HPA294 The Logic of Decision
HPA297 Buddhism, Ethics and Nonviolence

2013 HPA250 Existentialism and Beyond

Unit Level: Intermediate

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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See also   HPA350

Not Offered


Existentialism is a label used to refer to a group of 19 th and 20 th - century anti-metaphysical philosophers, who take philosophy to be essentially concerned with subjectivity, truth, finitude, meaning, value, hope and despair. Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Camus, Sartre, Buber, Jaspers, Heidegger, and Levinas are representative of such "existentialist" thought. This unit explores a wide range of issues within this "existentialist" framework: the ideas of objectivity and passion, the death of God and the creation of new values, the problem of nihilism, the idea of existence in the face of death, and the possibility of an ethics outside the constraints of traditional metaphysics and ontology.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT: HPA225 - 3,000 words internal assessment (60%), 2-hour exam (40%)
HPA335 -3,500 words internal assessment (60%), 2-hr. exam (40%)

TEACHING PATTERN: internal: 2 hrs lectures weekly, 1-hr tutorial fortnightly (13 weeks)

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web dependent - W,I,N
Some parts of this unit will be taught online
   Video conferencing - L
A live video link between campuses is used for at least some teaching in this unit
About Flexible Study Options

M.Excl HPA225 , HPA325
Prereq 25% level 100 Philosophy for major or, where appropriate, 25% 1st-year Arts

STAFF: Dr I. Farin

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Campus - H Hobart, L Launceston, W Burnie. Study Centre - V Sydney, R Rozelle, P Beauty Point. Distance units may also have a campus identifier of I Isolated, N Interstate, O Overseas. Units delivered in Transnational Education (TNE) Programs have a campus identifier of A Hangzhou, F Fuzhou, G Shanghai, K KDU Malaysia, Q Kuwait or Y Hong Kong.

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