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  1. Week 1 4 items
    Read §55 from Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, §125 and §343 from The Gay Science.
    1. Athens and Jerusalem - Lev Shestov, Bernard Martin 2016

      Book Essential Read the Foreword to Lev Shestov's Athens and Jerusalem, paying particular attention to the story of the poisoning and death of Socrates (pp. 51-67). Read also pp. 80-93 from the first chapter, 'Parmenides in Chains', about Socrates's death and Plato's definition of philosophy as the 'practice of death'.

    2. The Lev Shestov journal =: Cahiers Léon Chestov - University of Glasgow. Department of French 1997-

      Journal Essential Read the article on 'The Death of Socrates: Philosophy Beyond the Limit' in The Lev Shestov Journal nr. 2/1998, pp.

    3. Existentialism: a reconstruction - David E. Cooper 1990

      Book Further Read the first chapter, 'Preliminaries', from David E. Cooper's book, Existentialism, paying attention to the sources and uses of the word 'existentialism' in the modern period (pp. 1-19)

    4. Conceptions of the absurd: from surrealism to the existential thought of Chestov and Fondane - Ramona Fotiade, University of Oxford. European Humanities Research Centre 2001

      Book Recommended Read the Introduction paying special attention to the emergence of the notions of the 'absurd' and of 'existential' philosophy in 20thC French thought. (pp. 1-7, 11-12)

  2. Week 2 4 items
    Read §55 from Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, §125 and §343 from The Gay Science.
    1. Lev Shestov - In Job's Balances - ToC

      Webpage Essential Lev Shestov, 'The Conquest of the Self-Evident', In Job’s Balances, translated by Bernard Martin, Ohio University Press, 1975, pp. 3-82

    2. Léon Chestov 1866-1938: la pensée du dehors - Ramona Fotiade, Alexis Nahan, François Jonquière, Matthew Cowan 2016

      Audio-visual document Recommended Watch the film documentary paying attention to the context of Shestov's French reception and the manner in which he challenged the tradition of Greek philosophy with a different interpretation of death and temporal existence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMQHjayz4Ps

    3. Embodiment: phenomenological, religious, and deconstructive views on living and dying 2014

      Book Essential Read the article on Shestov's critique of Husserl's phenomenology and his interpretation of the relationship between man and God, death and resurrection: ‘Cur Deus homo? The Irrational Residue of Being: Reflections on Shestov and Jean-Luc Marion’, in Ramona Fotiade, David Jasper, Olivier Salazar-Ferrer (eds.), Embodiment: Phenomenological, Religious and Deconstructive Views on Living and Dying, Routledge/Ashgate: 2014, pp. 117-130.

    4. Léon Chestov: 1866-1938 : la pensée du dehors : exposition, Paris, Mairie du 6e arrondissement, du 23 mars au 9 avril 2016 2016

      Book Recommended Browse through the catalogue of the retrospective exhibition on Shestov's life and work, which includes more than 200 previously unpublished manuscript facsimile, photographs, and a full chronology and bibliography together with a critical commentary; and a selection of articles in French.

  3. Week 3 5 items
    1. The myth of Sisyphus - Albert Camus 2005

      Book Essential Please read in preparation for class and come prepared to discuss Camus's account of the fundamental problem of philosophy ('suicide') and his critique of religious existentialism as 'philosophical suicide'.

    2. The rebel - Albert Camus, Anthony Bower c2000

      Book Further

    3. Camus: the challenge of Dostoevsky - Ray Davison 1997

      Book Essential Read chapter 2: 'Dostoevsky and the Absurd Novel'

    4. A student's guide to Camus - Brian Masters 1974

      Book Recommended

    5. The Outsider - Albert Camus 1961

      Book Further

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    Revision week - concentrate on common themes such as tragedy, death/ suicide, death of God, the absurd, irrationalism, scientific reason, fictional characters and their role in philosophical argumentation, Camus's and Shestov's interpretations of Dostoevsky.