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Questions from a spring semester final

Honors Program 134: "Twentieth Century and the Tradition"
-Adjunct Associate Professor Michael Martin

  1. a) Briefly state how three of the following four define or describe "human being" or "being human":
    • the Humanist Manifestos (consider these as one statement)
    • Sartre's Existentialism is a Humanism
    • Heidegger's Letter on Humanism
    • Derrida's The Ends of Man and On Forgiveness

    b) Use one of the following novels to explore this
    problem of "being human":
    • Michael Cunningham's The Hours
    • D.M. Thomas's The White Hotel
    • Jeanette Winterson's Written on the Body


  2. a) Describe the relationship between "love" and "desire" in each of the following:
    • Angela Carter's The Infernal Desire Machines of Dr. Hoffman
    • D.M. Thomas's The White Hotel
    • Jeanette Winterson's Written on the Body

    b) Consider how each relates to one of the following
    • Heidegger's concept of "comportment"
    • Sartre's concept of "freedom"
    • Charles Taylor's concept of the "individual"

 

     
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