Analytic Existentialism

Faculteit Wijsbegeerte
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode FI183FR
Vaknaam Analytic Existentialism
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Analytic Existentialism
Leerdoelen This course will help students develop the following:
  • familiarity with the basic themes of existential philosophy.
  • familiarity with contribution that analytic philosophers have made to the discussion of existential questions.
  • familiarity with the methodological differences between analytic and continental philosophy.
  • ability to extract arguments from texts and assess them critically.
  • ability to formulate philosophical arguments concisely in written format.
  • skills to engage in respectful philosophical discussions.
Omschrijving Does life have meaning? What should be our attitude towards our own mortality? Should we be cheerful, gloomy, or indifferent to our condition? Philosophers call these big, difficult questions "existential questions." In this course, we study some of the contributions that analytic philosophers have made to their study.

Existentialism is predominantly in the domain of continental philosophy. Nonetheless, analytic philosophers have not been entirely silent about existential questions. While the labels "continental" and "analytic" are contentious, this course covers a set of readings on what we can call "analytic existentialism": the application of the rigorous methodological approach of analytic philosophy to the study of existential matters. This approach involves analyzing arguments with strict attention to their logical structure, employing tools from decision theory, and empirical findings. (By contrast, most existentialist work in the continental tradition is less focused on technical rigor and tends to be more literary and impressionistic.)

We will cover six major topics in the course: the meaning of life, creating people, transformative experiences, death, immorality, and optimism/pessimism.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege, werkcollege
(Lecture, tutorial)
(Written assignments, paper)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. C.F. Romero
Docent(en) dr. C.F. Romero
Verplichte literatuur
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All the required readings will be available in Student Portal
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