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Instructor: Lauren Townsend. This course meets MTWRF 9:45 – 11:15 a.m. in CW 103.

Existentialism considers how to find meaning, live ethically, and conceive of ourselves as human beings though the world appears meaningless and absurd. We will be discussing themes such as authenticity, absurdity, nihilism, and meaning in life and how social norms, constraints, and oppressions and the question of the existence of god impact our answers and approach to these issues. We will be using fiction and films as well as philosophical theory.

Authors will likely include Simone de Beauvoir, Friederich Nietszche, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Soren Kierkegaard, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Franz Fanon, Kate Chopin, and others.