PHIL 33 -- Philosophy between Reason and Despair
Spring 2012

Instructor:    Clinton Tolley
   office:   HSS 8018
   hours:   Tues 2:15-3:45pm
   email:   ctolley [at]

Teaching Assistant:   Jason Winning
   hours:   tbd
   email:   rwinning [at]


Time:        Tues, Thurs 12:30pm--1:50pm
Location:  Peterson Hall (PETER) 103 [map]

Required textbooks

{available at UCSD Bookstore (in the Price Center)}

Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals
  Paton, trans; Harper Perennial

Soren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling
  Hanney, trans; Penguin Classics

Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals
  Smith, trans; Oxford World's Classics

William James, Pragmatism and other writings
  Gunn, ed; Penguin Classics

Course description
This course will serve as an introduction to nineteenth-century philosophy, with a focus on the emerging skepticism about the authority of reason to answer questions about the ultimate meaning and value of human life.

Readings will include texts from Immanuel Kant, Soren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, and William James.

Course requirements

* weekly reading questionnaires
* mid-term exam
* final exam
* attendance
* participation

Schedule of readings

{full syllabus to posted on TED}
weeks 1-3: Kant
weeks 3-5: Kierkegaard
weeks 6-8: Nietzsche
weeks 9-10: James

Reference links

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy entries (requires sign-in)

Immanuel Kant
Soren Kierkegaard
Friedrich Nietzsche
William James

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entries

The Age of Enlightenment
Immanuel Kant
Soren Kierkegaard
Friedrich Nietzsche
William James

Course URL

last updated: April 2nd, 2012