Monday, November 29, 2021Plenary
Existentialism as a Way of Life (with Guest Lecturer Prof. Céline Leboeuf
The reading for today is Jean-Paul Sartre’s “Existentialism Is a Humanism.” Originally delivered as a lecture, the text is a popular introduction to existentialist concepts, such as freedom, responsibility, anti-essentialism, and bad faith.
As you read the text, you should focus on three sets of questions:
- What does it mean to claim that “existence precedes essence”? Why does Sartre make this claim?
- Why does Sartre think that “in choosing for himself he chooses for all men”?
- What can Sartre’s ideas teach us about living a good life?