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Dr. Louis N. Sandowsky



Phenomenology and Existentialism





Course Outline

Spring Semester – 2003



The aim of this course is to acquaint the students with the meaning of phenomenology as a radical mode of philosophical critique and as a descriptive method of interrogation. We shall then examine how phenomenological methodology is put to work in existentialist writing. The constellation of texts that will come under discussion includes the works of Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, and Jacques Derrida.

The principal themes of the course are: Phenomenological methodology, intentionality, time, living-temporality, spatiality, phenomenological psychology, Self-relation as mediated through the Other (Being-in-the-world-with-Others), memory, imagination, and passion.



Course Requirements


1.         Two written assignments (in English) or one essay and one seminar presentation. Each essay should be approximately five pages in length.


2.         One research project (in English) – approximately ten pages in length. Material may be utilized from the earlier assignments.


In both cases, the course assignments can total one third of the course credits.

The final research project carries the most weight.



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I shall provide a relevant reading list as the course progresses. The main texts that you should try to obtain for the first part of the course are:


The Myth of Sisyphus. Albert Camus.


Nausea. Jean-Paul Sartre.


Other selections of texts (by Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger), including copies of the weekly lectures, will be provided in photocopy form, by means of the shmurim’s e-text facility, or by e-mail.



Welcome to the world of phenomenology: a vast and intriguing horizon!