HW12 due 2/10: The Encounter with Nothingness

1.  Read and annotate William Barrett’s “The Encounter with Nothingness” 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. Goodreads–Look for your class-specific thread under the Philosophy Section. Again, be sure to respond in your class’s thread. Remember, to receive credit you must post by midnight Sunday night.


  • Please be sure to have Man’s Search for Meaning by the break as we will read it over the upcoming break.
  • Remember, you should be prepared at the beginning of every class.  Notebooks should be out alongside the day’s reading.
  • As the PBA is a culmination of the term’s reading, it is critical that you keep up with the reading.  Failure to do so, will result in a content vacuum that will make completing the PBA (and the course) impossible.  So, stay on top of the reading!!!
  • Be prepared to discuss the reading!  During class discourse, I will not wait for you to volunteer your thoughts, I will call on you to share your thoughts whether your hand is up or not…so be prepared.
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