Professor: Craig DeLancey
Please read The Question
Concerning Technology by Heidegger. There will be a
short quiz (you will have 12 minutes) to ask you:
On this day, unfortunately, I cannot have my
afternoon office hours. I have office hours Dec 7
and Dec 11 to make up for this.
- How does Heidegger ultimately describe technology?
- What is “challenging forth”?
- What is “Bestand” or “standing reserve”?
- What is “Ge-stell” or “enframing”?
Final exam in our classroom, MCC 231, 10:30-12:30.
Questions can include any past homework or exam question.
Here are some additional study questions.
- What does Heidegger mean by "anxiety"? What does anxiety
- What does Sartre say all existentialists have in common?
That is, how does he define existentialism? Would you agree
with his definition? Why or why not?
- How does Sartre interpret and explain "anguish" (which is
a common translation for angst and anxiety), "abandonment" and
- Why don't the characters of No Exit leave the room?
- What are Vladimir and Estragon waiting for,
in Waiting for Godot? Should they keep waiting? What
does it mean (that is, what does Beckett appear to mean to
assert by showing) that they wait without any result? Would
Sartre recommend we wait? Would Heidegger? Would Nietzsche?
- What is the foundation of Simone De Beauvoir's ethic
as developed in The Ethics of Ambiguity? Does
she succeed in creating an existentialist ethics? Why or
why not? What is ambiguity?
- Nietzsche took as one of his tasks opposition to nihilism.
What is nihilism? How do Heidegger, Sartre, Beckett, and Camus
variously respond to (the possibility of) nihilism?
- What is Camus's early advice for how we should face
the absurd? What is his later view? What is the absurd,
- Consider Heidegger's "Question Concerning Technology."
According to Heidegger: What is the essence of technology?
What is challenging forth? What is enframing? What is
Bestand (standing-reserve, inventory)? What is the possible
saving grace that may exist within techne?
- What is existentialism? Of the philosophers and writers
we've read, who is an existentialist, who is not, and why?
Final papers due before 3:00 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
- 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?
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