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John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: PHI                                     Course Number: 343                                    
Course Title: Existentialism
Subject: Philosophy
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


his course surveys nineteenth and twentieth-century North Atlantic philosophy associated with existentialism, an intellectual movement centered on issues of individual responsibility, ?radical freedom,? and political engagement. Contextualizing it as a critical reaction to the abstract optimism and colonizing tendencies of the eighteenth century Enlightenment, we explore existentialism?s focus on concrete situations and worldly problems. Topics include anguish, thrownness, bad faith, humanism, and facticity. Readings are selected from thinkers such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Unamuno, Cesaire, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus, Fanon, Wright, and contemporary commentators.

Prerequisite: ENG 102/201, PHI 231
Start Date:    04/30/2011                         End Date: