Phil 105 F19: Exam 1 Study Guide

Part I: Short Answer. You Should be able to explain the following concepts:
  • The four major areas of philosophy.
  • David Hume's "Problem of Induction" and its significance for the history of existentialism.
  • Immanuel Kant's "Copernican Revolution" and its significance for the history of existentialism. 
  • What Kierkegaard means by "Truth is Subjectivity" and how this relates to his method of Indirect Communication. 
  • Kierkegaard's three spheres of existence and the defining characteristics of each sphere. 
  • The difference between a Knight of Faith and a Tragic Hero.
  • Kierkegaard/de Silentio's concept of the "Teleological Suspension of the Ethical." 
  • Kierkegaard/de Silentio's concept of the "Absolute Duty to God."
  • Kierkegaard/Anti-Climacus' conception of the self and how it relates to the concept of "Despair."
  • Nietzsche's methodology in the Genealogy of Morals and its significance.  
  • The differences between Master and Slave Morality.
  • The concept of ressentiment and the role it plays in Nietzsche's account. 
  • Nietzsche's concept of "Will to Power" and its significance.
  • Nietzsche's account of the "sovereign individual." 
  • Nietzsche account of the origins of moral concepts like "good," "bad," "punishment," "guilt," and "bad conscience" and the significance of this account. 
Part II: Essay. You should be prepared to write a short (1-2 page) essay in which you explore the film Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and its relation to Fear and Trembling and The Sickness Unto Death. In particular, you should focus on the following question, "Is Ghost Dog a knight of faith? Why or why not?"