An Introduction to Existentialism: Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre
A 5-session introductory course led by Nigel Warburton
Maximum class size 35
Teaching style: a mixture of lectures and discussion
No prior knowledge of philosophy assumed
This course runs for 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning 13th January 2015 (13th, 20th, 27th January, and 3rd and 1oth February)
The course will run from 6.30p.m. - 8 p.m. (doors open from 6.15pm) in the Bertrand Russell room (apart from 2oth Jan, which is in the Brockway Room)
This is an introductory course examining some key existentialist thinkers' work. We'll be looking at Fear and Trembling and Either/Or by the Danish 19th Century thinker Søren Kierkegaard, selections from the work of Friedrich Nietzsche, including The Birth of Tragedy, and The Genealogy of Morals, and Jean-Paul Sartre's Existentialism is a Humanism and parts of his Being and Nothingness. No prior knowledge of philosophy is assumed or necessary. I'll make suggestions for further reading/listening after each session.If you want to do some reading before the course, I suggest you read Jean-Paul Sartre's short Existentialism is a Humanism - this was originally a public lecture which he gave in 1945 (sometimes mistranslated as 'Existentialism and Humanism'). You could also listen to this radio programme about Kierkegaard I made for BBC Radio 3 'Fear and Trembling in Copenhagen'. You might also want to read the relevant chapters of my book Philosophy: the Classics (ie those on Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Sartre) and watch this video about Jean-Paul Sartre on YouTube 'The Road to Freedom'
For those who haven't studied Philosophy before, my books Philosophy: the Basics and A Little History of Philosophy are intended for general readers.
The price for the 5-session course is £85 payable in advance via Paypal using the buttons below. (concessions - full time students, unemployed, and those who have attend previous courses I've run: £70 - use drop down menu on Paypal button).
Special price if you take both Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre course and The Philosophy of Art courses: £150 full price, concessions (as above) £120. Further details of The Philosophy of Art course (this course runs on the same evenings as the existentialism course from 8.10pm - 9.40pm).
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