PHP 1791 Existentialism

This course introduces students to the philosophical and literary movement known as "Existentialism" that came to prominence in post-WWII France. It examines questions concerning human freedom and responsibility, the problem of self-deception, and the meaning of existence. These questions include the following: Are we free? Do we bear responsibility not only for our own lives, but for the lives of others and the world in which we live? Do we create meaning and value? Do we desire to be God? Why do we deceive ourselves? How can we live more authentically?


3 credits


student must score into college-level reading on placement test.