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PHIL2675: Existentialism

2024 unit information

This course examines a major movement in 19th and 20th century European philosophy, and focuses on key questions and figures from the movement. Topics to be considered include: the possibility of morality after the death of God, meaning in human life, the self, freedom, finitude and historicity.

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Code PHIL2675
Academic unit Philosophy
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Philosophy

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand Existentialism as a historical movement and a philosophical approach to questions regarding life, morality, history and the natural world
  • LO2. grasp various ways in which various philosophers from the late 19th and 20th century have contributed to Existentialist thought
  • LO3. understand the relationship between freedom, history, finitude, morality
  • LO4. understand ways in which Existentialist thought continues to play a role in philosophies of race and gender
  • LO5. carefully read historical texts
  • LO6. analyse ideas and philosophical arguments
  • LO7. understand ideas within their context and of the history and development of ideas
  • LO8. demonstrate a capacity to read secondary literature and assess its relevance.

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Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote

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