HW12 due 9/15 (9/16 for 12G): The Encounter with Nothingness

*We begin The Stranger next weekend! Please buy your own copy if you can.*

1.  Read and annotate William Barrett’s The Encounter with Nothingness (Second reading in the packet). Be sure to read all three parts (the third part being Science and Finitude). Barrett’s reading will give us just a nugget of context before we move ahead. Remember, you must annotate all readings for this class! Failure to do so will result in a zero!  You will learn how to provide some focus to your annotations.  Ultimately, focused annotating prepares you for your reading responses, formal essays, and class discussions.  To annotate is to supply with critical or explanatory notes:

  • identifying lines that resonate with you, confuse you, or make you want to know more
  • asking questions of general thematic/philosophical value
  • tracking the development of a theme that may connect to one or more of the philosophical readings or other fiction.

2. Due 9/16 (9/17 for 12G)Existentialism is a Humanism–Jean Paul Sartre is often the first name to come to mind when one considers Existentialism. His brand of atheistic existentialism so dominates the existential landscape that one forgets that the “first existentialist” Kierkegaard was indeed a theist. Nevertheless, Sartre’s essay most clearly defines the existential mindset. It becomes a fundamental piece of this course’s foundation.   Additionally, his essay establishes some of the tenets of existentialism that are universally applicable.  Read and ANNOTATE! Be sure you are able to discuss the four reproaches of existentialism and his defense against those reproaches.

3. Due 9/16 (9/17 for 12G): Forum Response Be sure you post your response in the appropriate class forum in the appropriate thread. DO NOT START YOUR OWN THREAD! 🙂 REMEMBER: Your responses are due by midnight. So, for 12C, you should post your response no later than Tuesday night at midnight (Wednesday at midnight for 12G). Also, all responses should be printed out including proper class heading. Each response should be numbered and titled. So, this one should look like: #3: Existentialism is a Humanism.

HW10 due 4/30 (5/1 for 10G): No Exit

1. No Exit—Read up to p. 32 (stop at Estelle’s monologue). Continue to look for connections to Existentialism is a Humanism.

2. Existentialism is a Humanism—Read 10a through 11a (stop at “Let us, for example, examine the two following cases…”). This section details part of his defense against those who fear moral relativity.

HW10 due 4/24: Thesis Workshop and NYT Article

1. Thesis Evaluation and Rewrite–Evaluate all four theses. Keep in mind all that we have discussed this year (i.e. Clarity/Concision, Pts. of Analysis, Argument, So What, Roadmap). Score each thesis as we have done throughout the year ((1-5). Be sure to write out your thoughts as well. Also, does it appear that both texts are given equal treatment in the thesis?

Then, choose two of the four and revise.

2. Abandon (Nearly) All Hope–Print out and read (annotate) the following article. It is an opinion piece! Before engaging it critically, be sure you understand Simon Critchley’s argument.

HW10 due 4/8 (4/9 for 10G): Comparative Prep and More

1. Ivan Ilyich Essay (Writing Workshop)–Evaluate the essay’s introduction. The introduction should be necessary to the essay. It should help lay the foundation upon which the argument is built. So, evaluate this introduction with these thoughts in mind.
2. Ivan Ilyich and Siddhartha (1-2 pages)–In your notebook, list off and discuss the ways these two novels are thematically similar. Go into detail here. Meaning, don’t merely state that the two novels explore the role of love. Identify similarities and differences in the two authors’ treatment of the theme of Love. How do the authors treat the subject of materialism? Etc… The nuance and control lies in how you see the treatment of similar subjects/themes.
3. How to Write a Comparative Analysis–Print this out, Read it, and put it in your binder.
4. Existentialism is a Humanism–(You are not reading this essay for tomorrow but you must bring it in to class tomorrow!) This reading sets us up for the last two plays of the year. Let it be known that this essay is conceptually/philosophically difficult. Jean Paul Sartre is often the first name to come to mind when one considers Existentialism. His brand of atheistic existentialism so dominates the existential landscape that one forgets that the “first existentialist” Kierkegaard was indeed a theist. Nevertheless, Sartre’s essay most clearly defines the existential mindset. It becomes a fundamental piece of the year’s final unit.   Additionally, his essay establishes some of the tenets of existentialism that are universally applicable.

HW12 due 2/13: Existentialism is a Humanism

1. Existentialism is a Humanism–Jean Paul Sartre is often the first name to come to mind when one considers Existentialism. His brand of atheistic existentialism so dominates the existential landscape that one forgets that the “first existentialist” Kierkegaard was indeed a theist. Nevertheless, Sartre’s essay most clearly defines the existential mindset. It becomes a fundamental piece of this course’s foundation.   Additionally, his essay establishes some of the tenets of existentialism that are universally applicable.  Read and ANNOTATE! Be sure you are able to discuss the four reproaches of existentialism and his defense against those reproaches.

2.For Friday–Read and print out Kierkegaard’s Ethics and Religion (ONLY THOSE TWO SECTIONS…short but dense). Also, read and annotate That Individual (in the packet).