What is Existentialism (Part 2 of 4)

Beaverton Activities Center
(inside, go to the "Large Community Room"):
12500 SW Allen Blvd., Beaverton, OR
Google map: http://tinyurl.com/mzzj7y3

 This is different from the Beaverton Community Center.  The Beaverton Community Center is across the street from the Beaverton Library, but this is the Activities Center, which is where the old Beaverton Library used to be located.  Please click on the Google map link above to be sure you go to the right place.  We use both of these buildings, according to availability.

This is in the same building where the last class discussion was (Sartre's "Existentialism is a Humanism").  Same building, but different room (last time small room, this time the large room).  Jackie's last overview presentation is now online for free viewing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSYm-SqV9uU .

................. Event details ............

What is "Existentialism?" We will discuss this over four class sessions.  Jackie will give a 10 min. intro and Bernie will guide the discussion.

Who should attend? Anyone (of any belief system) that wants to learn more about Existentialism, and how to deal with "the death of God" and "the meaning of life."

Prework: None. (But you will learn more and contribute better to the discussion if you read the documents prior to attending.  Attend as many or few sessions as you desire.)

................ Session Details ............

Session 1/4: "Existentialism Is a Humanism" by Jean-Paul Sartre (A lecture given in 1946; see link for free document below.) 
Video is now online for free viewing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSYm-SqV9uU .

Session 2/4: "Existentialism for Dummies" by Christopher Panza, Ph.D. 
Book Part 1: "Introducing Existentialism" and Part 2: "God is Dead."  Jackie will give a 10 min. overview on the material. 

Session 3/4: "Existentialism for Dummies" by Christopher Panza, Ph.D. 
Book Part 3: "Living a Meaningful Life in a Meaningless World" 

Session 4/4: "Existentialism for Dummies" by Christopher Panza, Ph.D. 
Book Part 4: "The Enduring Impact of Existentialism" 

........... Class material .......

1. Many philosophy experts think this is one of the major defining documents for the existentialism movement:  "Existentialism Is a Humanism" by Jean-Paul Sartre (A lecture given in 1946) 

2. "Existentialism for Dummies" (2008 edition) 
Used prices: http://tinyurl.com/Edummies1 
New prices: http://tinyurl.com/Edummies2


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  • Bernie D.

    The last video had bad audio, now replaced with this one:

    October 25, 2013

  • Jill

    Jackie did so well, thanks.
    And when is the part 3

    October 24, 2013

  • Bernie D.

    Jackie's overview is now on video:

    October 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good presentation. Some of the discussion followed the book, which as a popularization, doesn't always seem representative of the philosophers who are considered existentialist. People shared their feelings though, and that's good.

    October 23, 2013

  • Jill

    Corey Anton, philosophy on YouTube? I like.
    Seems if you sit through one or two, he's difficult too, but explains well if you can keep up with him, makes sense, later. Acquired taste for me, but he is studied, big vocab. A professor.
    See you all tomorrow

    October 22, 2013

  • Bernie D.

    Article for this meetup event:

    October 20, 2013

  • Bernie D.

    FYI, an article for the event is posted here: http://blog.oregonlive.com/my-p...­ .

    October 8, 2013

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