Existentialism Journal: Why does the universe exist?
The entire breadth of this course is organized around the great existential question Why does the universe exist? (a variant of Why is there something rather than nothing?). We will study a wide range of philosophers, theologians, and writers who have engaged with this question from various points of view.
However, your exposure to this “wide range” of thinkers will be further facilitated through four sub-sections each punctuated by the submission of a Critically Reflection Journal Entry. Each Journal entry is worth 10% of your final grade. Taken together they will form the “rough draft” basis for your Final Essay Assignment.
The First Journal entry will be your “preliminary” response to the question Why does that universe exist? You will write your journal response based on the philosophy of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche.
Students will only use the primary resources curated for this course to compose their Journal entries. No outside sources will be accepted.
General requirements for the Journals includes a minimum length of 2 pages double-spaced, no longer than 3 pages; 12 font, Times New Roman, 1” margins.
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