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Weekly Compulsory Readings

Existentialism and Phenomenology, 2021/22, Semester 2
Prof. Rachel Muers
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 1 

Simon Critchley, Continental Philosophy: a Very Short Introduction, (Oxford: OUP, 2001) Ch. 1  

Sarah Bakewell, At The Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails (London: Chatto & Windus, 2016) pp. 1-5.  

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Week 2

Kierkegaard, 'The Crowd is Untruth' - [available as a pdf in Course Readings Folder] and also Kaufman, W. (ed) Existentialism : from Dostoevsky to Sartre. (New American Library, 1975) pp.94-101 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva   

Aho, K. Existentialism : an introduction  (Polity Press, 2014), pp.80-90    

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Week 3

Primary Nietzsche, The Gay Science, ed. Bernard Williams (Cambridge: CUP 2001), sections 121, 124-125, 343-346 (pp117, 119-120, 199-204).    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

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 Week 4

Required Dan Zahavi, ‘Beyond Empathy: Phenomenological Approaches to Intersubjectivity’, Journal of Consciousness Studies 8 (2001), pp. 151-67  

Supplementary, strongly recommended Husserl, Edmund. 1982 [1960]. Cartesian Meditations: An Introduction to Phenomenology, trans. Dorion Cairns. The Hague: Nijhoff. Fifth Meditation, sections 62–64, pp. 148–157.     

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Week 5

Required Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception, trans. Colin Smith, part II chapter 4, pp. 403-428  

Supplementary Krueger, Joel, and Søren Overgaard, ‘Seeing Subjectivity: Defending a Perceptual Account of Other Minds’. In Consciousness and Subjectivity, ed. Sofia Miguens and Gerhard Preyer, pp. 239–261. (Heusenstamm: Ontos Verlag, 2012).   

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Week 6

Required, read this first Critchley, S. "Being and Time Part 6: Death", The Guardian 13th July, 2009:  

Required, primary  Heidegger, M. Being and time trans. John Macquarrie and Edward RobinsonOxford: Blackwell, 1962) pp. 296-307 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva   

Supplementary, strongly recommended Couzens Hoy, "Death" in Dreyfuss and Wrathall (eds) A Companion to Phenomenology and Existentialism (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) pp. 280-284    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

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Week 7 

Required, primary Sartre, J-P Existentialism and Humanism trans Carol Macomber (New Haven / London: Yale University Press, 2007) pp.17-27    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Required, primary Sartre, Being and Nothingness trans. Hazel Barnes (Routledge Classics, 2003), pp. 82-84 part of the section on ‘Conducts of Bad Faith’ – the waiter].   

Supplementary - optional Aho, K. Existentialism : an introduction  (Polity Press, 2014), section headed ‘Bad faith and nothingness’. [This section appears on pp. 99–104 of the printed edition, but on pp. 50–52 of the e-book.]    

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Week 8

De Beauvoir, S. The Second Sex (London: Vintage, 2011) Introduction    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Butler, J. 'Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory' Theatre journal. , Vol. 40, No. 4. (Dec., 1988), pp. 520-524    

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Week 9

Fanon, F. Black Skin, White Masks [1967] (2008). E-Book pp.82-90  

Ahmed, S. Queer phenomenology : orientations, objects, others  (Duke University Press, 2006) pp.109-112    

Gordon, L.R. (ed), Existence in Black : an anthology of Black existential philosophy  (Routledge, 1997) pp.69-79    OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (afp 17/11/2020) 

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Optional Additional

Sartre, No Exit and Three Other Plays (New York: Vintage) pp.1-46   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (afp 17/11/2020) 

This list was last updated on 10/01/2022