Phil 105 F19: Exam 2 Study Guide

Part I: Short Answer. You should be able to explain the following concepts:
  • Thoreau's purpose in writing Walden.
  • The problem Thoreau identifies.
  • The four sources or causes of this problem.
  • Thoreau's solution to this problem. 
  • Thoreau's response to those who might criticize him by arguing that not everyone is in a position to go live by a lake.
  • The problem motivating Husserl to develop phenomenology.
  • What Husserl means by "The Natural Standpoint."
  • Husserl's method of epoche and how it is supposed to work. 
  • Husserl's concept of the "Background" and its significance for phenomenology.
  • Husserl's concept of "intentionality" and its significance for phenomenology.
  • Eidetic Reduction and its significance for Phenomenology.
  • The differences between Husserl's and Heidegger's approaches to phenomenology.
  • Heidegger's general project in Being and Time and his specific project in our selection on Being-towards-Death
  • Heidegger's concept of Dasein and its threefold structure.
  • Heidegger's contrasts between:
    • Ontological and Ontic
    • Existentiell and Existential
    • Ready-to-Hand and Present-at-Hand
  • Heidegger's analysis of the threefold structure of Being-towards-Death.
  • Heidegger's analysis of Angst.
  • The difference between an authentic and inauthentic Being-towards-Death
Part II. Essay Question. You should be prepared to write a short (1-2 page) essay in which you explore how the film All that Heaven Allows reflects and expresses themes and ideas from Thoreau's Walden.