PHL314 Existentialism
Professor: Craig DeLancey
Office: MCC 212A
Email: craig.delancey@oswego.edu



Past Assignments
26 August
Reading: read sections 1 and 2 of David Strauss, the first Untimely Meditation. Optional are sections 4-6.

In class, we will review David Strauss, Nietzsche's background, and then the opening of this reading.
28 August
Practice: in section 2, Nietzsche introduces the idea of the philistine. This is related to an idea that will be very important to all the existentialists, and which is typically called "authenticity". Here, Nietzsche is arguing that many people are like this cultural philistine, who is both uncritical of his own views, and also who "perceives around him nothing but needs identical with and views similar to his own" (8). Do you think that in our time, many of us suffer from such a preconception -- that we are both uncritical of their own views and also see only confirmation of our views? Can you give an example? Does such behavior matter -- that is, is it important (for example, is it harmful)? Write up your answer in a page or so and bring it to me in class.

Reading: read sections 7 and 8 of David Strauss, the first Untimely Meditation. Optional are sections 9-12.