Situating Existentialism: Key Texts in Context

Hardcover | June 5, 2012

EditorJonathan Judaken, Robert Bernasconi

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This anthology provides a history of the systemization and canonization of existentialism, a quintessentially antisystemic mode of thought. Situating existentialism within the history of ideas, it features new readings on the most influential works in the existential canon, exploring their formative contexts and the cultural dialogues of which they were a part.

Emphasizing the multidisciplinary and global nature of existential arguments, the chosen texts relate to philosophy, religion, literature, theater, and culture and reflect European, Russian, Latin American, African, and American strains of thought. Readings are grouped into three thematic categories: national contexts, existentialism and religion, and transcultural migrations that explore the reception of existentialism. The volume explains how literary giants such as Dostoevsky and Tolstoy were incorporated into the existentialist fold and how inclusion into the canon recast the work of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, and it describes the roles played by Jaspers and Heidegger in Germany and the Paris School of existentialism in France. Essays address not only frequently assigned works but also underappreciated discoveries, underscoring their vital relevance to contemporary critical debate. Designed to speak to a new generation's concerns, the collection deploys a diverse range of voices to interrogate the fundamental questions of the human condition.

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This anthology provides a history of the systemization and canonization of existentialism, a quintessentially antisystemic mode of thought. Situating existentialism within the history of ideas, it features new readings on the most influential works in the existential canon, exploring their formative contexts and the cultural dialogues...

Jonathan Judaken is Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities at Rhodes College. He is the author of Jean-Paul Sartre and the Jewish Question: Anti-antisemitism and the Politics of the French Intellectual and the editor of Race After Sartre: Anti-racism, Africana Existentialism, Postcolonialism and Naming Race, Naming Racisms.Robert Bernas...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:440 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:June 5, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction, by Jonathan JudakenPart I: (Trans)National Contexts1. Russian Existentialism, or Existential Russianism, by Val Vinokur2. German Existentialism and the Persistence of Metaphysics: Weber, Jaspers, Heidegger, by Peter E. Gordon3. Sisyphus's Progeny: Existentialism in France, by Jonathan Judaken4. "To Punch Through 'Pasteboard Masks'?": American Existentialism, by George Cotkin5. Angst Across the Channel: Existentialism in Britain, by Martin Woessner6. Existentialisms in the Hispanic and Latin American Worlds: El Quixote and its Existential ChildrenPart II: Existentialism and Religion7. Fear and Trembling and the Paradox of Christian Existentialism, by George Pattison8. Jewish Co-Existentialism: Being with the Other, by Paul Mendes-Flohr9. Camus the Unbeliever: Living Without God, by Ronald AronsonPart III: Migrations10. Anxiety and Secularization: Soren Kierkegaard and the Twentieth-Century Invention of Existentialism, by Samuel Moyn11. Rethinking the 'Existential' Nietzsche in German: Lowith, Jaspers, Heidegger, by Charles Bambach Charles Bambach12. Situating Frantz Fanon's Account of Black Experience, by Robert Bernasconi 13. Simone de Beauvoir in her Times and Ours: The Second Sex and its Legacy in French Feminist Thought, by Debra Bergoffen14. The "Letter on Humanism": Reading Heidegger in France, by Ethan KleinbergList of ContributorsIndex

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The essays are uniformly of high quality...highly recommended.