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 Continental philosophy’s existentialist themes. Existentialism is a philosophical account of what is distinctively human that is not necessarily centered on rationality narrowly construed. 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 Beauvoir.