Situating Existentialism: Key Texts in Context by Jonathan Judaken

Situating Existentialism: Key Texts in Context

byJonathan Judaken, Robert Bernasconi

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Designed for undergraduate and graduate study, 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 dialogue of which they were part.

Emphasizing the multidisciplinary and global nature of existential arguments, 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, which explores 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 role Jaspers and Heidegger in Germany and the Paris School of existentialism in France played in this process. 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, this collection utilizes a diverse range of voices to interrogate the fundamental questions of the human condition.
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 Ber...
Title:Situating Existentialism: Key Texts in ContextFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 12, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231519672

ISBN - 13:9780231519670

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Table of Contents

Introduction, by Jonathan Judaken
Part I: (Trans)National Contexts
1. Russian Existentialism, or Existential Russianism, by Val Vinokur
2. German Existentialism and the Persistence of Metaphysics: Weber, Jaspers, Heidegger, by Peter E. Gordon
3. Sisyphus's Progeny: Existentialism in France, by Jonathan Judaken
4. "To Punch Through 'Pasteboard Masks'?": American Existentialism, by George Cotkin
5. Angst Across the Channel: Existentialism in Britain, by Martin Woessner
6. Existentialisms in the Hispanic and Latin American Worlds: El Quixote and its Existential Children
Part II: Existentialism and Religion
7. Fear and Trembling and the Paradox of Christian Existentialism, by George Pattison
8. Jewish Co-Existentialism: Being with the Other, by Paul Mendes-Flohr
9. Camus the Unbeliever: Living Without God, by Ronald Aronson
Part III: Migrations
10. Anxiety and Secularization: Soren Kierkegaard and the Twentieth-Century Invention of Existentialism, by Samuel Moyn
11. Rethinking the 'Existential' Nietzsche in German: Lowith, Jaspers, Heidegger, by Charles Bambach Charles Bambach
12. 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 Bergoffen
14. The "Letter on Humanism": Reading Heidegger in France, by Ethan Kleinberg

Editorial Reviews

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