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Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Extremely interesting, a concept worth exploring

    I purchased this book for an Honors course I am required to take and was pleasantly surprised by the contents within. While I myself may never choose to live the belief system of an existentialist, I do see many valuable traits they possess that I would ideally like to incorporate into my own life, and sometimes wish I could make others "choose" to do the same. Most existentialists believe in making "good", decisive choices and accepting the consequences of those choices (aka personal responsibility). As well as always keep thinking, and keep thinking for yourself. Never become one of the crowd, to do so is worse than death, for some it would be better to have never been born than to be one of "The Crowd." If that seems overly dramatic than I suggest reading the book to find out why Nietzsche, and many others, felt that way and decide for yourself if he is being a Drama Queen or not. While some of the authors material is harder to interpret than others it is definitely worth the time it takes to read it. I would suggest reading this with a book group as the discussions of the authors ideas are helpful and part of the enjoyment when reading a book like this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2003

    A meaningful existensialist

    Kaufmann is a scholar who writes with a great understanding for the ' life- questions' and their relation to philosophy. He is sometimes awkward but almost always interesting and meaningful. A highly recommended work.

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    Posted January 18, 2010

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