Introduction to Existentialism
What you'll learn
- You will learn all about the essential themes and authors to the movement and theory of existentialism, including its lasting and profound influence on human society.
- Just a basic interest in learning about existentialism.
Learn all about the basics of one of the most influential philosophical and literary movements of the 19th and 20th century. The course is based around lectures with slides and simultaneous video of the instructor. After an introductory session, it takes an author-centered approach of the eight most notable existentialists (Kierkegaard, Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche, Kafka, Heidegger, Sartre, Beauvoir and Camus), finishing with a concluding lecture about the status and ongoing influence of existentialism today. It will be of interest to anyone wishing for a well-rounded introduction, including its main historical authors and themes, as well as its ongoing significance.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone interested in the discipline, theory and writings of existentialists.
Hello! Originally Irish, I am a postdoctoral researcher and teacher in philosophy. My philosophy education was primarily at the Husserl Archives at KU Leuven in Belgium, where I obtained my PhD in 2016. I have a diverse range of philosophical interests, with expertise in phenomenology and existentialism, but also projects and publications more generally in philosophical anthropology and psychology, philosophy of technology and social philosophy, as well as environmental philosophy and ethics. After 10 years researching and teaching in academia, I now work in the environmental sector.