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    Otterbein University
  Feb 20, 2018
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

PHIL 2200 - Existentialism

Hours: 4
This course is an introduction to Existentialism, a philosophical worldview that flourished in Europe in the middle of the 20th Century, but which has roots in the 19th Century, and which is still an important philosophical, artistic, and literary outlook. The course will begin with an examination of the roots of Existentialism in the work of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche (and others), and move to its flowering in the 20th century in the works of Sartre, Heidegger, Camus, and others. The readings will be drawn both from philosophical texts as well as from novels, short stories and plays. Themes to be addressed include: existentialist phenomenology, the rejection of human nature, existentialist approaches to God and religion, existentialist freedom, the nature of the self, the relationship between the self and others, as well as existentialist ethics.
Notes: Except for Nursing majors, this course may be used as a substitute for the INST Reflection and Responsibiity requirement.