PHIL 371 - Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Requirements & Distribution:
Enforced Prerequisites:
PHIL 181, 196, 202, 232, 234, or 297 with a grade of C- or better.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Marx's tombstone blares that

"The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways — The point however is to change it".

Oh well, I guess this course will miss the point, focusing on attempts to describe and explain nature and human nature, rather than on attempts to evaluate or change historical conditions.

In this introductory survey of continental metaphysics and philosophy of mind we'll freewheel among thinkers and themes rather than trying to work out the most difficult details of interpretation. So expect:

  • a bit of Kant's metaphysics and philosophy of mind for background;
  • a fair bit of Hegel's views in opposition;
  • just a little Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard on our dark sides;
  • lots on our conscious experience of the world from Brentano and Husserl, lots in opposition to that from Heidegger, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty;
  • plus if you're good, a scoop of Derrida on language for dessert.

We'll rely throughout on attempted English translations of the texts, and on attempts to apply these ideas to historical and contemporary problems in science and analytic philosophy.

PHIL 371 - Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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