The start of the teaching year in Oz is just around the corner, and I’m excited to be teaching on phenomenology and existentialism. It’s a 2nd year class, so really just introducing this period and style of philosophy, themes, methods, and authors. Still, a chance to look at some great work. Interesting too to think about pedagogy and how to make difficult writing accessible and lively for pragmatic Australians.
Course outline thanks to my colleague J-P Deranty.
|“There is only one serious philosophical problem”: authentic existence, the question at the root of all philosophical inquiries|
|Week 2||The Absurd – Camus’ challenge
Key text: Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus, chapter 1.
|Week 3-4||Boredom, Death and Care – Heidegger’s challenge
Key text: extracts from Heidegger, Being and Time, What is Metaphysics?
|Week 5||The Power of Nothingness – Sartre’s Challenge
Key text: extract from Existentialism is a Humanism
(only 1 lect)
|The Authentic Body: Merleau-Ponty’s challenge
Key text: Merleau-Ponty, extracts from The Phenomenology of Perception
|Week 7||The Authentic Self and the Other
Key texts: Heidegger, “The They” (from Being and Time); Sartre’s “being-for-other” (from Being and Nothingness and No Exit); Merleau-Ponty’s co-presence (from Pheno of Perception)
|“What ought I to do”? Morality, Politics and Art as existential tasks|
|Week 8||Nature versus History – Camus’ response to the Absurd
Key texts: Camus, The Rebel, Nuptials at Tipasa, The Outsider (final page)
|Week 9||De Beauvoir and Feminist Existentialism
Key texts: De Beauvoir, Ethics of Ambiguity, chapter 1; The Second Sex, Introduction
|Week 10||Black Existentialism
Key texts: Sartre, Black Orpheus, Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks; Gordon, Existence in Black
|Week 11||Arendt: Politics as Authentic Life
Key text: Arendt: Extracts from The Human Condition
|Week 12||Existentialist Aesthetics
Key texts: Merleau-Ponty, extract from The Eye and the Mind; Sartre, What is Literature?; Heidegger, The Origin of the Work of Art.
|Week 13||Wrap up, feedback, Essay preparation|