In order to understand the existentialist literature of this unit, we will explore the various branches in the philophy. You will be working in groups to research individual philosophers and their ideas. Each team will be assigned a different philosopher and given different aspects of existentialism to research. Then, each team will present their findings to the class. Use your time wisely, as this is the only opportunity you will have during class to find information. Look at the "Your Task," "Research Questions" and "Evaluation" boxes of this libguide before you move on to your assigned existentialist.
1. In groups of 4 or 5, we will research Existentialism and five of its most important philosophers.
2. Each member of the group will address a different topic. (See Research Questions tab.)
3. After the research is complete, each group member will prepare his or her part of the presentation.
4. The group is responsible for assembling the individual information into a cohesive presentation.
5. Class time for group work will be provided on Jan 10-12. Use your time wisely.
6. Presentations will begin on Jan 15-16. Each group member will be expected to speak. This oral presentation can not be made up if you are absent.
Each member of your group will find information and report on one of the following. Divide the tasks evenly. (Note, if your group is
assigned "Existentialism," your directions are slightly different and can be
found on the "Existentialism" page of this WebQuest.)
Team Member #1: Research the philosopher's biographical information from birth through higher education.
Team Member #2: Focus on the philosopher's spiritual history and point-of-view.
Team Member #3: Focus on the philosopher's "existential" or aesthetic (all about me) point-of-view.
Team Member #4: Focus on the philosopher's ethical (responsibility toward society and the family of man) point-of-view.
Team Member #5: Research the influence other philosophers of the time had on your philosopher. Be specific.
Group: Find a photo of the philosopher. Assemble the final presentation.
Move on to the page with your philosopher assignment.