HW12 due 2/24: Sartre, Kierkegaard, Frankl

1. Existentialism is a Humanism–Monday we will review the reproaches and Sartre’s defense. Additionally, we will discuss anguish, abandonment, and despair.
2. That Individual–Be sure you can articulate Kierkegaard’s thesis and supporting argument. In the new week, we will write our first précis. This requires that you have at least Control of the source article. In this case, our source is That Individual. Print out the précis detail sheet.
3. Man’s Search for Meaning–This is a very important text (for a number of reasons) so read it and read it closely. Read and annotate the first 41 pages for Monday.

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).

HW12, Due 9/19: Kierkegaard!

1. Kierkegaard, print out and read the following sections: Life, Ethics, and Religion

2. Read and annotate “That Individual.”  Keep this in mind: You will have to write a précis on this text over the weekend.  The précis document is linked under class documents. [Read more…]