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UC Davis Department of Philosophy

20th Century European Philosophy

Philosophy Department

1240 Social Sciences and Humanities
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Phone: (530) 752-0607

Fax: (530) 752-8964

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Jean-Paul Sartre

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This is the home page of G. J. Mattey's Philosophy 157, Twentieth Century European Philosophy, Fall Quarter, 2016.

The Course

From the General Catalog: Prerequisite: one course in Philosophy recommended. Survey of the main movements in twentieth century philosophy on the European continent, including phenomenology, existentialism, post-structuralism and post-modernism. Philosophers covered are Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Foucault, Derrida. GE credit: ArtHum.

The Topic

We will read from works of each of the philosophers listed above. The Husserl reading will be from his 1927 encyclopedia article, “Phenomenology.” From Heidegger we will read selections from his most famous work, Being and Time. The Sartre reading will be from his best-known book, Being and Nothingness. Selections will be taken from several of the works of Foucault. Finally, we will look at selections from Derrida’s essays “Differance” and “Signature, Event, Context.”