SYLLABUS PHIL 211 Existentialism Spring 2008 CRN: 34164 - Credits: 04 14:00-14:50 MWF (150 COL) and discussion section. Professor: Peter Warnek PLC 332 firstname.lastname@example.org Office hours: M 9-12 and by appointment. What is Existential Philosophy? "Phil
Camus- response to Kierkgaard: You cant always get what you want or need,
TRUTH AND DESIRE ARENT THE SAME. seeking what is true isnt seeking
what is desire
o Kerkegaards reply: despair to what would life be? Everything is
Marcel- we are involved with being, neurosis- to objectify being in order to deny
Themes today: Hope and despair (existential mystery) or fear and desire ( world
of problematic) defines us
o Technics (tec
Can I in philosophizing hold as resolutely to reality as a I can in religion?
o Philiosphical faith is the substance of a personal life, meaningful only in
Is philosophy already an attack on religion?-
Philosophizing- is not the doctrine of whole of being in objective unity
o Cant rely on mere lived feeling, task of tinking is to be open to move
thinking so precise.
Being of Encompassing: whatever becomes an object for me is a
The Being of the Encompassing- no known being is being itself. Encompassing =
source from which all new horizons emerge without itself ever being visible as a
horizon, never becomes an object.
o Modes of encompassing separate thr
Comedy of Hegel= system has no relevance to who we are/where we live/ etc.
Today- address 3 themes, truth as subjectivity- dont make it up.
o Passion vs reflection closure, approval finished ecstatic relation
Existensialism not a dogmatic philosophy. ism vs. philosophy of existence,
concern with world as experienced or lived, NOT as something to e understood,
known or thought about existence is a self-relationoutside ourselves? How ca
Section 4 (others/ what is autenthic love) However with the world there are me
and other living beings 1) generosity towards others 2) other as look (one who
looks at me) 3) other as something revealed ( as an object)
Hell is o
Reading: De Beauvoir: Ethics of Ambiguity
o Kantian belief: you must; therefore, you can, postulates freedom in the
name of morality.
o Marxist Belief: you must, therefore, you can not mans action seems
valid only if the man has
Limits of perception- impossible to detach perception from thing (piano
example)- Just because its in your mind doesnt mean theres another.
Descartes= external perceptions uncertain, inner experience (thinking) certain