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Name:  John Holladay
Title:  Professor of Humanities  /  Room C212.
Office Hours:   Monday/Wednesday/Friday  11-Noon   Tuesday / Thursday 11-Noon

Email:jholladay@mail.monroe.cc.mi.us


152 Western Philosophy Study Questions

IRRATIONAL MAN

Chapter 1

1. What is existentialism? What does it man to say that a Platonist does not know what it is to be a person?

2. Socrates felt that philosophy is a way of life, so does the existentialist. How do the two differ?

    3.  What state does the author see the modern philosopher in? Why is this bad?

    4. How did the professional philosophers respond to

existentialism?

5. What do you think he means when he speaks of the divorce of mind from life? Give examples?

6. What was the question that the early existentialists Kierkegaard and Nietzsche both faced? How did their responses differ, how were they similar?

7. Though from different sources and arriving at different conclusions, what do all the existentialists have in common?

8. How does existentialism differ from logical positivism? Which is the more appealing to you?

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