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Existentialism: A Beginner's Guide
     

Existentialism: A Beginner's Guide

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by Thomas E. Wartenberg
 

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Existentialism pervades modern culture, yet if you ask most people what it means, they won’t be able to tell you. In this lively and topical introduction, Wartenberg reveals a vibrant mode of philosophical inquiry that addresses concerns at the heart of the existence of every human being. Wartenberg uses classic films, novels, and plays to present the ideas of

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Existentialism pervades modern culture, yet if you ask most people what it means, they won’t be able to tell you. In this lively and topical introduction, Wartenberg reveals a vibrant mode of philosophical inquiry that addresses concerns at the heart of the existence of every human being. Wartenberg uses classic films, novels, and plays to present the ideas of now-legendary Existentialist thinkers from Nietzsche and Camus to Sartre and Heidegger and to explore central concepts, including Freedom, Anxiety, and the Absurd. Special attention is paid to the views of Simone de Beauvoir and Franz Fanon, who use the theories of Existentialism to address gender and colonial oppression.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780740201
Publisher:
Oneworld Publications
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Series:
Beginner's Guides
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
791,009
File size:
628 KB

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Thomas E. Wartenberg is Professor of Philosophy at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts. He is the author of Unlikely Couples: Movie Romance as Social Criticism.

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EXISTENTIALISM: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
hardyharhar1603 More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this book from the library in order to better grasp existentialism. After a week, I decided to buy the Nook version. I took a course in it during college, but hardly recalled it. Reading this book was simply explained, and the author uses popular culture once in a while to clarify these concepts. If you want to understand existentialism, I highly recommend this book. It's not too long, not too short, and has made me wanting to learn more about these philosophers in more detail.