The lives and key ideas of major existential thinkers including Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Camus, Sartre and de Beauvoir come alive as they have an impact on the lives of figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) founder Tom Hayden, civil rights leader Robert Moses, feminist Betty Friedan, and others who came of age in the America of the turbulent 1960s and ‘70s. Weekly reading assignments will come from the instructor’s new book. Required text: Growing Up Existentially: From Absurdity to Consciousness (Jorvik Press, 2018), available from the publisher at a discounted price of $20 with free shipping, with discount code after registration.
Ron Manheimer's (firstname.lastname@example.org) most recent book is Mirrors of the Mind: Reflecting on Philosophers’ Autobiographies. He holds a doctorate in history of consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Ron is the founding director of the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement, now known as OLLI at UNC Asheville.