What is Existentialism?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Wednesdays, October 10 – December 5 (class will not meet November 21)

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Led by Eugene Newman

“God is dead; everything is permitted.” “Man is condemned to freedom.” “The crowd is untruth.” “Man is the being whose being is in question.” These are some of the defining statements of existentialist philosophies. In this discussion-based seminar, we will read and explore substantial selections from the works of Soren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, and Jean-Paul Sartre. Please read the first three chapters of Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling for the first meeting.

Eugene Newman holds M.A.s in philosophy and literature, and has led Newberry seminars since 2001.

Materials List
Required:
Kierkegaard, Soren. Fear and Trembling. Translated by Alastair Hannay. New York: Penguin, 1986. ISBN: 0140444491
Nietzsche, Friedrich. Beyond Good and Evil. Translated by Marion Faber. Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN: 0199537070
Heidegger, Martin. Basic Writings: from Being and Time (1927) to The Task of Thinking (1964). Edited by David Farrell Krell. HarperCollins, 1993. ISBN: 0060637633
Sartre, Jean-Paul. Essays in Existentialism. Citadel, 2000. ISBN-10: 0806501626

Recommended:
Barrett, William. Irrational Man: a Study in Existential Philosophy. Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1962. ISBN: 0385031386

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Eight sessions, $190
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