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Philosophy (PHIL)
211 Susan Campbell, 541-346-5547
College of Arts & Sciences
O - All course content is conducted online. Students are not required to come to campus for orientation, testing, or academic support services.
W - Computer based/online course; requires access to the internet.
Course Data
  PHIL 211   Existentialism >1 4.00 cr.
Basic ideas of the Christian and atheistic divisions of the existentialist movement; some attention to the philosophical situation that generated the existentialist rebellion.
Grading Options: Optional; see degree guide or catalog for degree requirements
Instructor: Ring AE-mailHomepage Office:   11C Susan Campbell Hall
Office Hours: 1100 - 1300 M during Fall 2021
Section has additional FeesCourse Fees: $25.00 per credit
Course Materials
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  42724 23 30 - 6/28-7/25 00 WEB Ring A $OW
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July 7:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
July 15:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
July 15:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description
The course begins with a consideration of the historical origins of existential thought in the writings of Kierkegaard and then continues with readings from existential thinkers of the twentieth Century, from Karl Jaspers, Martin Heidegger and Gabriel Marcel to Albert Camus, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. We will have occasion to discuss the pervasive presence of existential themes in contemporary literature and film. We consider the existential criticism of the rationalist philosophy and scientism as these dominate the modern era.

The course continually concerns itself with the basic experiences taken up within existential writings: anxiety, the absurd, hope, freedom, mortality, presence, love.

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