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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
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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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