Making of the Modern Self: Existential PhilosophySemester Course

Making of the Modern Self, Semester Course
Major Discipline(s)
Ethics, Literature, Philosophy
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

Focusing on thinkers from continental Europe like Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt, and Copenhagen’s own Søren Kierkegaard, this course traces the development of the conception of ‘selfhood’ in the 19th and 20th centuries. We study how ethical thinking has moved from the language of duty to that of personal answerability, and how the search for meaningful personal existence has increasingly become the responsibility of the individual.


Brian Söderquist

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Philosophy of Religion, Søren Kierkegaard Research Center, University of Copenhagen, 2005). M.A.R. (Philosophy of Religion, Yale University, 1994). With DIS since 2000.

European Humanities, Brian Söderquist