The classic 80's comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off turns out to be a perfect representation of the philosophy of Existentialism. This becomes very clear if we bring in two later Existentialist thinkers, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone De Beauvoir who wrote around WWII. Their beliefs are as follows:
You have completed three journals on Ferris Bueller and Nietzsche's early existentialism:
1. What defines "good"? Is Ferris a good person? Why or why not?
2. Define Nietzsche's "Overman" versus "Last Man." Give examples from the film.
3. Where is Ferris or Cameron in Nietzsche's process of the "three metamorphoses of the spirit"?
Now you will continue with three final journal entries about these new thinkers:
4. Would Heidegger see Ferris, Cameron and as "authentic"? Why or why not?
5. How is Rooney or another adult in the film an example of Sartre's "bad faith"?
6. What would Simone De Beauvoir tell Sloane about living authentically as a woman?