We’ve been studying existentialism through the writings of Kierkegaard, Sartre,
We’ve been studying existentialism through the writings of Kierkegaard, Sartre, and de Beauvoir. For this roughly 4 page paper, respond to each of the following requirements:
Characterize “existentialism” in your own words. Relate your characterization of the philosophical movement to a key lesson from either Kierkegaard, Sartre, or de Beauvoir (just one; not all three).
Discuss one lesson from our Kierkegaard, Sartre, or de Beauvoir that you found particularly intriguing.
In the essay “Existentialism,” Sartre considers the objection to existentialism that “values aren’t serious, since you choose them.” Is this a serious problem for existentialism? How might an existentialist respond to the objection and is that response persuasive? Why or why not?
In The Ethics of Ambiguity, de Beauvoir writes, “We repudiate all idealisms, mysticisms, etcetera which prefer a Form to man himself” (pg. 425). What does this quote mean and what does it say about her vision for existential ethics?
Length and Formatting: The suggested length of your paper is 4 pages, but this is not a requirement (it can be more or less; my concern is that you adequately address all requirements). It should be formatted in MLA style, so that means it should be double spaced. Here is a link to a great resource on MLA-formatting: Link, MLA Formatting (Links to an external site.)
Resource Requirement: Your paper needs to include two references to resources. Both of them can be from the text we are using in class (Basic Writings of Existentialism) so long as each is from a different writer (for instance, Kierkegaard and de Beauvoir, or Sartre and de Beauvoir). You are also welcome to use outside scholarly resources. A couple of good online resources I recommend include:
Stanford’s Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Link (Links to an external site.)
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Link (Links to an external site.)