Phil 105 F19: Extra Credit

Extra Credit (due by the last day of class): While we will cover many significant and important existentialists and phenomenologists this semester, we will, by necessity, ignore or skip over many of them. Your assignment is to pick one of these figures and write a 2-3 page report on them. In your report you should provide a brief summary of that figure's life, and then try to briefly summarize the core philosophical doctrines of that figure. Finally, you should discuss why that figure is significant to the history of existentialism and/or phenomenology. Your papers should be typed, double-spaced in a 10-12 point legible font. You may submit them over email or as hard copies in class. You should also include a works cited page. This is worth 20 points of extra credit.

For help in selecting an author, here is a list of phenomenologists and a list of existentialists. Remember, you must write a report on a figure we did not discuss in class, and do not write a report on the existentialist you used for your essay. As a reminder, here are the figures we did discuss in class:
  • Kierkegaard
  • Nietzsche
  • Thoreau
  • Husserl
  • Heidegger
  • Sartre 
  • De Beauvoir
  • Camus