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Undergraduate Course: The Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre (PHIL10200)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryJean-Paul Sartre's philosophy remains the most important systematic articulation of existentialism, a leading philosophical movement of the 20th century that has recently received renewed attention in Anglo-American analytic philosophy. The aim of the course is to study Sartre's existentialism and its importance for contemporary thought.
Course description We will study Jean-Paul Sartre's philosophy with particular focus on his seminal work Being and Nothingness. Through a close reading of this text, we will study Sartre's accounts of consciousness, freedom, anguish, and bad faith, as well as his view of our relations to other people, such as desire, love, and sadism. The aim of the course is to articulate a systematic and philosophically viable conception of existentialism, as well as make connections to current philosophical thought.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017) AND Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students studying on MA Cognitive Science (Humanities) are permitted to take this course without having met the pre-requisites of Mind, Matter and Language and Knowledge and Reality. However, it is advisable that students discuss the suitability of the course with their PT and the course organiser before enrolling.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have completed at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Articulate in their own terms the central commitments of existentialism
  2. Develop a rational reconstruction of an important philosophical view
  3. Critically and closely read a difficult philosophical text
  4. Analyze and explain the connection between abstract theorizing about consciousness and freedom and their own everyday concerns
Reading List
Sartre, Jean-Paul. (1936/2004). The Transcendence of the Ego, translated by Sarah Richmond. London: Routledge, 2004.
Sartre, Jean-Paul. (1943/1956). Being and Nothingness: A Phenomenologi¬cal Essay on Ontology, translated by Hazel E. Barnes. New York: Washing¬ton Square Press, 1956.
Murdoch, Iris. (1953/1999). Sartre: Romantic Rationalist. London: Vintage, 1999.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Mindsets: Enquiry and lifelong learning; Outlook and engagement
Skill groups: Personal and intellectual autonomy; Personal effectiveness
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Berislav Marusic
Course secretaryMiss Ann-Marie Cowe
Tel: (0131 6)50 3961
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