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Existentialism and its Origins

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 4
Module lead
Michela Bariselli
Academic year

Module overview

How should I live my life and does it matter that I do so in good faith? What is it to live an authentic existence in light of the fact that that existence will at some point end? How is living authentically or in good faith related to being oneself, an individual, as opposed to being just one of the crowd? These are among the central questions that ‘existentialist’ thinkers, such as Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Heidegger, try to answer. This module aims to introduce you to the different perspectives that some of the most prominent existentialists have on such questions, and to give you the chance to reflect on these issues in light of their work.