Continental Philosophy

Graduate Program (& Advanced Certificate) Status

Course Level: 
Master’s
Campus: 
Vienna
Course Open to: 
Students on-site
Remote students
Academic Year: 
2020-2021
Term: 
Winter
US Credits: 
2
ECTS Credits: 
4
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 in a single course. I want to focus on tracing continental philosophy’s existentialist themes. Existentialism is a philosophical account of what is distinctively human, not necessarily centered on our rationality. It explores those aspects of human existence that present a distinctive challenge to us beyond our immediate material needs. The central authors we read include Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre and Camus. Aside from its history, can and should be a systematic philosophical problem area today?

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course, participants should have gained an overview of Continental European philosophy since Kant, in particular with regard to its existentialist strands. To become a better of reader of older philosophical texts. To become more effective at critically engaging with such material.

Assessment: 

Students are required to attend classes and finish the reading prior to class. They are strongly encouraged to participate in discussion. Also required: For all students, one 5 to 10-minute in-class presentation .For 2-year Philosophy MAs, end-of-year core essay exam. For non 2-year Philosophy MAs, one 2000-word term paper. Most important criteria in grading term papers: clarity, originality, depth and coherence

Prerequisites: 

None