In this lecture, we will read the book “Man's Search For Meaning” and “I still say Yes to life” by Victor Frankl, one of the leading thinkers of modern times and think about 'meaning of lives' and 'wisdom in times of crisis'.
Frankl was persecuted by Nazi Germany because he was a Jew, and forced to live in a concentration camp. "Man's Search For Meaning" is the record at that time. In this lecture, we would like to deepen our thoughts on what "evil" was in the days when Frankl suffered.
We form a group with several people, deepen the questions hidden in the book and give a presentation.
The final report is about 3000 characters. Participants will discuss their own "philosophy of life".
I hope them to participate in the class with sincerity.
The objective of this course is to acquire the following abilities.
1) Recognize the role of language as a sign and language as a meaning.
2) Acquire philosophical reading skills about "life" and "death" or "evil".
3) Gain a starting point for linguistic expressions based on one's own experiences and emotions.
Philosophy, language, Life and Death, Good and Evil, meaning of life
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Each time important sentences of the book are pointed out, having time for writing essay.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Class guidance||Explanation of whole seminar|
|Class 2||Read the words of Victor Frankl 1||Think about the wisdom of crisis|
|Class 3||Read the words of Victor Frankl 2||Think about the wisdom of crisis|
|Class 4||Consideration over what is "life" and "death" or”good” and "evil"||Think about the wisdom of crisis|
|Class 5||Read the words of Victor Frankl 3||Think about the wisdom of crisis|
|Class 6||Read the words of Victor Frankl 4||Think about the wisdom of crisis|
|Class 7||Summary, Q&A||Summary, Q&A|
To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.
Victor Frankl's “Man's Search For Meaning” (translated by Kayoko Ikeda, Misuzu Shobo) and “I still say Yes to life” (Shunju Publishing). Be sure to bring these two books to the lecture.
None required. Handouts will be given if necessary
Interim report (50%)
Final report (50%)
Contact by e-mail in advance.
No classes will be given on April 10 (Wed).
Seven total classes will be held for this course: April 15 (Wed), April 22 (Wed), May 13 (Wed), May 20 (Wed), May 27 (Wed), June 3 (Wed), ※ June 3 (Wed) 7-8 period.
※Please take note that on June 3 (Wed), after the regular class, the seventh class will be held in the 7-8 period.