BEING IN THE WORLD

PHI3BIW

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we seek to acquaint students with the work of two of the most influential European philosophers, Martin Heidegger and Jean-Paul Sartre. We begin by paying particular attention to Heidegger's Being and Time through which we explore the novel accounts of 'being-in'the-world', 'the ready-to-hand', 'thowness', 'Angst', death and the centrality of mood. We then explore some of Sartre's key ideas in Being and Nothingness, including temporality, solipsism, the body as being-for-itself and being-for-others.


SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Vassilacopoulos

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites One 15 credit point philosophy subject or 30 Humanities credit points or by approval of the subject coordinator

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PHI2BAW PHI3BAW

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBeing and Time,PrescribedHeidegger, M. 1996SUNY

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Interpret and critically compare the main ideas with which Heidegger or Sartre are concerned.

Activities:
Identify and make a note of one idea or claim in the set texts that you believe reveals the authors' view on the question, bring your notes to class and compare your impression with those of the others in the group and evaluate the differences.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research
Ethical & Cultural Awareness

02. Locate, review and evaluate an idea or line of argument from Phenomenological or Existentialist thought and demonstrate your understanding of its relevance and application today.

Activities:
Choose one of the discussion questions from LMS subject resources, think about the question, re-read the relevant set text, conduct a library/internet search, write your own response and then critique another view based on this response.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Ethical & Cultural Awareness
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research
Writing

03. Outline and critically assess one of Heidegger or Sartre's claims about the meaning of being and the possibilities for living an authentic life.

Activities:
After reading the assigned passage, identify the main argument and set out its premises and conclusion in standard form.Then make a note of weaknesses in the connections between the premises.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Ethical & Cultural Awareness
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking

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