The Meaning of Human Existence (3) Explores differing views of the significance of human life, the meaning of freedom, and the way to a meaningful life.
PHIL 100 The Meaning of Human Existence (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
The course is primarily for non-Philosophy majors and for students considering a major in Philosophy. It is designed to evoke disciplined reflection on basic philosophical questions which are often raised in an unmethodical and uninformed way. It will attempt to approach philosophical thinking from the perspective of everyday concerns, rather than from the various readings which will be done for the course. The general question of the meaning of human existence will furnish a rubric under which philosophical ideas and evaluations enter into ordinary life. The course will offer the opportunity to look at a variety of ways in which human beings have addressed the issues involved in the question of the meaning of life. The philosophical figures whose works will be examined include de Beauvoir, Freud, Marcel, Marcuse, Jaspers, and Sartre. Students will be graded on participation, comparison/contrast papers, a position paper, a collaborative presentation, and a comprehensive final exam. PHIL100 satisfies the GH requirement and it may be used to fulfill the major and/or minor requirements in philosophy. This course is offered once a year with an enrollment of 35-50 students.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.