PY152 The Philosophy of Gabriel Marcel

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Module Aims

To understand the main features of Gabriel Marcel’s thought.

To understand hope as the unifying theme in his philosophy.

To understand why Marcel still matters today.

Indicative Syllabus

  • Marcel’s philosophical quest and the place of music and theatre in his thought.
  • The technological mentality and how human beings have become strangers to themselves.
  • Two kinds of thought – primary and secondary reflection.
  • The human being as an incarnate being.
  • Presence, communion and the “thou”.
  • The Absolute Thou.
  • Hope as the force that drives the incarnate being in the direction of transcendence.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the principal features Marcel’s thought.
  • Understand what he means by primary and secondary reflection
  • Understand his particular approach to existence and being
  • Understand his metaphysics of hope