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PH332 - Sartre and Existentialism

  • Module code: PH332
  • Module name: Sartre and Existentialism
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module will be devoted to a study of the existential phenomenology of Jean-Paul Sartre. There are few, if any, recent philosophers who have had a similarly wide and profound impact as Sartre, reaching out far beyond academic philosophy to other areas of intellectual and artistic work and to the wider culture. Partly under the influence of earlier phenomenologists, Sartre might be said to have set a new agenda for philosophy. The theoretical exploration of the texture and the structures of everyday human being in the world in existentialism became a central philosophical theme in its own right. Sartre's extraordinarily original ideas on selfhood, consciousness, self-deception and ‘bad faith’, freedom, affectivity and emotion, the phenomenology of the body, ‘knowledge of other minds’, concrete relations to others including love and sexuality, the nature of value, and ‘authentic’ human existence, continue to be of pervasive influence today. The main text studied on the module will be (selections of) Sartre's central philosophical work, Being and Nothingness, supplemented on some topics by minor writings and essays of Sartre's, including ‘Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions’

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should (1) be able to understand the central concepts and methodological tools of at least one major type of existential phenomenology (2) be able to understand and critically assess the substantive arguments and analyses distinctive of at least one type of existential phenomenology (3) be able clearly to articulate their own arguments and informed judgements on major philosophical issues addressed by existential phenomenology

Timetabled teaching activities

Teaching activities comprise I hour . Lecture and 1 hour seminar weekly during the course of one term.

Departmental link

http://www.go.warwick.ac.uk/ph332

Other essential notes

Please note that attendance at both lectures and seminars and completion of any unasssessed or required work is a requirement of this module

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PH332-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 15%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 85%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

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