What makes life worth living? Is morality just a convenient fiction? What is the nature of the human condition? Is God dead, or just playing hard to get? This course investigates the works of several existentialist philosophers, including Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Beauvoir, and uses their works to interpret and analyze the philosophical content of angst-ridden cinema of the French New Wave and Hollywood film noir. Recommended: None.
TEXT: Fear and Trembling, Soren Kierkegaard; The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Pevear and Volokhonsky, translators.