Existentialist Philosophy: An Introduction

Paperback | September 5, 1995

byNathan L. Oaklander

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Introducing readers to existentialist philosophy through the writings of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, De Beauvoir and others, this unique anthology includes long selections from a relatively small number of existentialist thinkers — exploring each philosopher's views in great detail, and prefacing the essays with insightful introductions to help clarify material. Offers creative, explicative chapter introductions to help readers grasp material to be covered. Provides in-depth essays from select existentialist figures to allow a fuller view of each philosopher considered. Illustrates existentialist philosophy in literature with Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit, Albert Camus' The Stranger, and Heidegger's Being and Time. Includes practical end-of-chapter glossaries to help readers with technical terms and unfamiliar jargon. Now presents thought-provoking study/discussion questions, as well as an updated bibliography. For those interested in existentialism, late 19th century thought, and the philosophy of religion.

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Introducing readers to existentialist philosophy through the writings of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, De Beauvoir and others, this unique anthology includes long selections from a relatively small number of existentialist thinkers — exploring each philosopher's views in great detail, and prefacing the essays with insightful introductio...

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Introducing readers to existentialist philosophy through the writings of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, De Beauvoir and others, this unique anthology includes long selections from a relatively small number of existentialist thinkers — exploring each philosopher’s views in great detail, and prefacing the essays with insightful introductions...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:402 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:September 5, 1995Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents



1. Introduction.

The Subject Matter of Existentialism: The Existing Individual.



2. Soren Kierkegaard.

On the Impossibility of an Existential System. Kierkegaard's Path to the Existing Individual: Subjective Truth and Faith. Fear and Trembling: The Three Movements to Faith.

Kierkegaard Selections.

From Concluding Unscientific Postscript. From Fear and Trembling.

3. Friedrich Nietzche.

The Death of God. The Will to Power and the Overman. Master Morality, Slave Morality, and Traditional Morality. Nietzsche's Critique of Christianity.

Nietzsche Selections.

From The Gay Science. From Daybreak. From Human, All Too Human. From The Will to Power. From Beyond Good and Evil. From Thus Spoke Zarathustra. From The Antichrist. From Ecce Homo. From Beyond Good and Evil. From On the Genealogy of Morals. From The Twilight of the Idols. From Human, All Too Human. From The Wanderer and His Shadow.

4. Martin Heidegger.

Heidegger and the Problem of Being. Dasein As Being-in-the-World. Dasein's Being As Care. Dasein As Authentic and Inauthentic and As Being-Towards-Death. Dasein and Temporality.

Heidegger Selections.

From Being and Time.

5. Jean-Paul Sartre.

Sartre on the Nature of Consciousnes: A Critique of Cartesianism. The Relation Between Consciousness (Being- for-Itself) and the World (Being-in-Itself). Sartre on Freedom. Anguish, Fear, and Flight. Sartre's Account of Bad Faith. Sartre on Sex. The Desire To Be God.

Sartre Selections.

From The Transcendence of the Ego. From Being and Nothingness. From The War Diaries, November 1939—March 1940. From Existentialism and Human Emotions. From No Exit.

6. Existential Ethics: Simone de Beauvoir and Albert Camus.

Simone de Beauvoir and the Ethics of Ambiguity. Camus and the Absurd.

De Beauvoir Selections.

From The Ethics of Ambiguity.

Camus Selections.

From The Myth of Sisyphus. From The Stranger.

Postscript.Selected Bibliography.Notes.Index.