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Existentialism (PHL207)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Today, the experience of angst is medicalised, psychologised, commercialised. We can even buy apps to overcome it and achieve happiness. However, philosophers have argued that experiencing angst is part of what it means to be human, rather than a problem for which there is a ready solution. This unit explores existentialism and the history of the idea of angst in Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, and others' work. We explore how the philosophical idea of angst is relevant to our lives today.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PHL201 Existence and Freedom may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2015: 'Existence and Freedom'
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