Sartre and Camus: Existentialist Literature as Philosophy | Newberry

Sartre and Camus: Existentialist Literature as Philosophy

Led by Eugene Newman. Six sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Thursdays, September 26 - October 31

6 - 7:30 pm

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Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (August 27 at 9 am** – September 13 at 4 pm): $210
Regular Registration Price (September 13 at 4 pm – first day of class): $231

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Online registration has closed. Please call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Seminar Description

The novels, plays, and short stories of the French existentialists have proven to be the most effective presentations of existentialist philosophy. In this course, we will undertake close readings of Jean-Paul Sartre’s Nausea, and Albert Camus’s The Stranger in order to elucidate existential themes like angst, the absurd, and the possibility of authentic ethical action.

Six sessions. E - $210, L - $231

Eugene Newman is an independent scholar who holds MA degrees in philosophy and literature. He specializes in existentialist and related philosophy and literature. He is a long- time Newberry seminars leader.

Materials List


  • Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea. New Directions, 2007. ISBN: 978-0811217002
  • Albert Camus, The Stranger. Vintage, 1989. ISBN: 978-0679720201

First Reading:

  • For the first class please read the first 18 pages of Nausea, and the first 18 pages of The Stranger.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.