Continental Philosophy

Campus: 
Vienna
Academic Year: 
2019-2020
Term: 
Fall
Credits: 
2.0
ECTS Credits: 
4.0
Course Description: 

Continental Philosophy, in the 200-plus years since Kant, has taken very different directions, answering divergent questions in divergent vocabularies, making it difficult to cover well in a single course. I want to focus in this course on tracing continental philosophy’s existentialist themes. Existentialism is a philosophical account of what is distinctively human, but not so much along lines centered on our rationality. It explores those aspects of human existence that present a distinctive challenge to us beyond immediate material needs. The central authors we will read include Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre and Camus. One question in the background will be whether and in what form existentialism, apart from its origins, can be a systematic philosophical problem area today.