Professor: Craig DeLancey
Read "Absurd Man" from The Myth of Sisyphus
A fun video to listen to:
reads a translation of Camus's 1946 speech in New York,
"The Human Crisis," from the 40s. You may decide the skip
the introduction, which is 11 and 1/2 minutes long.
Read "Absurd Creation" & "The Myth of Sisyphus"
from The Myth of Sisyphus
Read Selection from The Rebel.
Read Daesh article.
The Camus/Sartre/Beavoir battle!
4, 6, 8 December
Catch-up. We might watch Beckett's Endgame.
4, 8 December
On these days, unfortunately, I cannot have my office hours. I
will have office hours all day December 11 to make up for
Final exam in our classroom, MCC 231, 10:30-12:30.
Final papers due before 4:00 pm. These should be 5-6 pages
long, on one of the following questions, or another you
arrange with me. Use the "analytic philosophy paper format"
guide. Here are some suggested topics. You may propose
- Are Garcin, Inez, and Estelle acting in bad faith? Why?
It is easy to find conventional moral failings for the three,
but what existential failings do they have?
- What are the benefits (what problems does it solve?)
and what are the costs (what problems does it raise?) for
Heidegger's notion of being-in-the-world as a solution to
classical problems of epistemology?
- What, if any, are the similarities and differences
between Sartre's Bad Faith and Heidegger's Authenticity?
- Sartre says that Heidegger is, like him, an atheist.
Is this right? What reasons are there to think it is right?
- How do the condition and the choices of the characters
No Exit exemplify choices and difficulties that
Sartre describes in his existentialism?
- Read Sartre's play, The Flies. How do the condition and
the choices of the characters in
The Flies exemplify choices and difficulties that
Sartre describes in his existentialism? If you're writing about
The Flies, I really believe you should take the time to
read The Libation Bearers.
- In The Flies, Orestes tells Zeus that it doesn't
matter if Zeus created the universe. Would Sartre's
existentialism remain the same if a god existed? Focus on
one specific aspect of his existentialism -- for example, the
idea that values are created by choice.
- How do Heidegger and Sartre balance their notions of
facticity with the claim that we are free?
- What, if any, similarities are there between Beckett's
work and existentialism? Where do they differ? (A good
thing to consider is the notion of authenticity....)
- What is the "absurd," in The Myth of Sisyphus? How should
we understand the term if we are to make the clearest reconstruction
of Camus's theory and claims?
- Is the Camus of Man in Revolt [The Rebel] an
- Reconstruct an existentialist ethic from Simone de Beauvoir's
The Ethics of Ambiguity. Consider a moral problem,
like environmental ethics or refugees or climate change.
How would we solve it using her theory?
- Is Camus's argument against suicide in The Myth of
Sisyphus sound? Is his argument against suicide in
Man in Revolt sound?