Dates: July 16, 2017 until August 4, 2017
This seminar will acquaint school teachers with the basic philosophical ideas of Existentialism, an important philosophical movement in the twentieth century that remains influential to this day. It will focus on the writings of such thinkers as Søren Kierkegaard, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, and Franz Fanon. In addition to philosophical treatises, readings will also be drawn from novels and plays, and films will be shown. The Existentialists are known for their emphasis on the actual lived experience of human beings and their attempt to show that there are more authentic possibilities for living than those chosen by most people. The seminar will explore how the Existentialists argue for this view of life and it will assess its validity both historically and for our contemporary society. The seminar is open to both full- and part-time school teachers and will take place from July 16, 2017 until August 4, 2017 on the campus of Mount Holyoke College.