Phil 7 Fall 2015
Existentialism in Literature & Film
What is it to be a human being? How can human beings live meaningful lives? These questions will guide our discussion of theistic and atheistic existentialism and their manifestations in literature and film. Material will include philosophical texts from Pascal, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche; literature from Dostoevsky; films from Alain Resnais, Carol Reed, and Jean-Luc Godard.
Notes: Films will be screened at a time and place to be announced.
Handouts are listed at the bottom of this page
Lecture & Film Schedule (upadated 10/5/15)
Aug. 27 Introduction: What is Existentialism?
Sep. 1, 3 Kierkegaard, Fear & Trembling - Preamble from the Heart
Sep. 8, 10 Fear & Trembling, Problema II
Sep. 14 Hiroshima Mon Amour - screening from 7-9 PM; 100 Genetics Plant Building
Sep. 15 Discussion of Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima Mon Amour
Sep. 17 Fear & Trembling, Problema I
Sep. 21 The Third Man will be shown Mo 9/21 4-6 Pm 101 Morgan
Sep. 22 Discussion of Carol Reed’s The Third Man
Sep. 24, 29 Kierkegaard, Sickness Unto Death (Self excerpts)
Oct. 1 Pascal (Excerpts)
Oct. 6, 8 Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov, Part I
Oct 13 FIRST PAPER DUE
Oct. 13, 15 Brothers Karamazov, Part II (see handout below “Antinomies in the GI”)
Oct. 20, 22 Brothers Karamazov, Part III
Oct. 27, 29 Brothers Karamazov, Part IV
Nov. 3, 5 Brothers Karamazov, Conclusion
Nov. 10 SECOND PAPER DUE
Nov. 10, 12 Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols (excerpts)
Nov. 17, 19 Nietzsche, The Gay Science (excerpts)
Nov. 24 Nietzsche, The Anti-Christ (excerpts)
Nov. 30 Breathless
Dec. 1 Discussion of Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless
Dec. 3 “Existentialists Writers”
Dec. 8, 10 Reading/ Review / Recitation week
Dec 15 Examination
Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov (Dover) Kierkegaard, Fear & Trembling (Penguin) Nietzsche, The Gay Science (Vintage); Twilight of the Idols ((excerpts)
Pascal, Pensées (Penguin) Duras, M., Hiroshima Mon Amour (Grove Press) Dudley, A, Breathless (Rutgers U. Press)
(1) Two 7-page papers on subjects to be selected from a list of suggested paper topics, or on a topic approved by your instructor.
(2) Up to 200 pages of reading per week
(3) Participation in weekly discussion sections
Final grade will be determined as follow: 30 % on each paper and on the final examination, and 10% on class and section participation.
Updated on 2015-10-14 19:09:33 -0700 by Hubert Dreyfus