Existentialist Philosophy

instructed by

Associate Prof. Metin BAL

balmetin@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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DOKUZ EYLUL UnIversIty, İZMİR

Graduate School of SocIal ScIences

The Department of PhIlosophy

COURSE INFORMATION FORM

 

Name of Course

 Existentialist Philosophy

Code of Course

 PHIL 5020

Compulsory / Selective of Course

Elective

Level of Course

Master of Arts Degree

ECTS

5

Hours (T)

3

Semester of Course

Spring / II. Semester

Course Lecturer

Associate Professor Metin BAL

Felsefe Bölümü, Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi,

Edebiyat Fakültesi, Öğretim Üyeleri Binası,  Tınaztepe Yerleşkesi,

PK: 35370, Buca - İzmir, Türkiye. Tel: ++ 90 (232) 412 79 03  - dahili tel: 19411, Fax: ++ 90 (232) 453 90 93

E-Posta: balmetin@gmail.com , Web: www.metinbal.net

Education system of the Course (Formal education, Distance education)

Formal/organized education (Örgün Eğitim)

Language of Course (Turkish, English, German)

Turkish

Course Objectives

 

Existentialist philosophy is investigated by reading Heidegger's and Sartre's masterpieces. The basic concepts of existentialism developed by Heidegger and Sartre are traced back in the history of philosophy.

The presentations are expected to be made at the appointed time. 

The papers are submitted at a set time.

Attendance to the lectures is required.

 

Additional Auxiliary Activities Recommended For Participants

Short-term activities:

1-) Participants of this course are expected to give a presentation on the major work of related philosopher to see to what extend knows the graduate student his/her subject.

2-) Archieve research on the primary and secondary sources of the subject.

3-) Biographical study about the philosopher.

4-) Study of chronological list of the complete works of related subject.

5-) Submission of weekly study of technical terms of the subject.

6-) The participants are expected to be interdisciplinary and to get in contact with other sciences.

Long-term activities:

7-) The participants are expected to immerse themselves in building foreign language skills.

8-) Retrospective and prospective readings in the history of philosophy about the subject.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

1. The participants gain the knowledge of the basic concepts of existentialist philosophy.

2. The participants are able to evaluate the ideas developed by Heidegger and Sartre related to existentialism.

3. The participants are able to make comparisons between the ideas of thinkers such as Heidegger and Sartre.

4. The participants could ground these ideas on a solid basis.

         5. The participants equip themselves with an intellectual  capital that renders them critic in the field of existentialist philosophy.

Course Content

 

WEEKLY BASED DETAILED COURSE CONTENTS

 

 

 

Subjects

 

Practice

1

The roots of existentialist philosophy: Augustin, Pascal, Spinoza, Kierkegaard

 

2

Nietzsche and the philosophy of life

 

3

Heidegger and destruction of metaphysics

 

4

Dasein, question of Being ve temporality

 

5

Care (Sorge)

 

6

From philosophy to thinking  

7

Onto-teological construction of metaphysics and a new beginning

 

8

MIDTERM EXAM

 

9

Phenomenological ontology and Sartre

 

10

Commitment of a thinker

 

11

The problem of "nothingness"

 

12

Human action and freedom

 

13

Humanist existentialism

 

14

Nausea

 

15

The Roads to Freedom

 

16

FINAL EXAM

 

 

 

Fredric, Jameson (1991) Postmodernism or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, Durham: Duke University Press.

Heidegger, Martin (1985) Being and Time, tr. by John Macquarrie & Edward Robinson, Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

Heidegger, Martin (2002) Identity and Difference, tr. and with int. By Joan Stambaugh, New York: Harper&Row.

“Ortak” Bir Dile Doğru Yolda Olmak mı? Heidegger’in Japon Bir Ziyaretçi İle Diyaloğu” (“On The Way to a “Common” Language? Heidegger’s Dialogue with a Japenese Visitor”), Zhang Wei

Kierkegaard, Soren (1983) Fear and Trembling & Repetition, ed. and tr. by Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong with introduction and Notes, Princeton: University Press.

Kierkegaard, Søren (1987) Either/Or, Part II, ed. and tr. by Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong with Int. and Notes, Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Nietzsche, Friedrich (2007) The Gay Science, edited by Bernard Williams, tr. by Josefine Nauckhoff, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Pascal, Blaise (1941) Pensées & The Provincial Letters, tr. by W.F. Trotter and Thomas M’Crie, New York: The Modern Library.

Peter, Mc. and Elliston, A. (ed. 1981) Husserl’s Shorter Works, revised translation by Richard E. Palmer Cormick, Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.

Sartre, Jean-Paul (1947) The Age of Reason, tr. by Eric Sutton, New York: Knopf.

Sartre, Jean-Paul (1956) Being and Nothingness, tr. by Hazel E. Barnes, New York: Routledge.

Sartre, Jean-Paul (1965) Two Plays: The Respectable Prostitute & Lucifer and The Lord, tr. by Kitty Black with an introduction by Geoffrey Brereton, Middlesex: Penguin.

Sartre, Jean-Paul (1966) Existentialism and Humanism, translation and introduction by Philip Mairet, London: Methuen & Co. LTD.

Sartre, Jean-Paul (2001) What is Literature?, tr. by Bernard Frechman, with an introduction by David Caute, London and New York: Routledge.

Sartre, Jean-Paul (2010) The Imaginary, A Phenomenological Psychology of the Imagination, with introduction by Arlette Eelkaim-Sartre and Jonathan Webber, London: Routledge.

 

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