Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy

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Widely recognized as the finest definition of existentialist Philosophy, this book introduced existentialism to America in 1958. Barrett discusses the views of 19th and 20th century existentialists Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre and interprets the impact of their thinking on literature, art, and philosophy.

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Overview

Widely recognized as the finest definition of existentialist Philosophy, this book introduced existentialism to America in 1958. Barrett discusses the views of 19th and 20th century existentialists Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre and interprets the impact of their thinking on literature, art, and philosophy.

Recognized as the finest definition of existentialist philosophy, this introduced existentialism to American in 1958.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780385031387
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1962
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 247,695
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

I "The Present Age"
1 The Advent of Existentialism 3
2 The Encounter with Nothingness 23
3 The Testimony of Modern Art 42
II The Sources of Existentialism in the Western Tradition
4 Hebraism and Hellenism 69
5 Christian Sources 92
6 The Flight from Laputa 120
III The Existentialists
7 Kierkegaard 149
8 Nietzsche 177
9 Heidegger 206
10 Sartre 239
IV Integral VS. Rational Man
11 The Place of the Furies 267
Appendices
Negation, Finitude, and the Nature of Man 283
Existence and Analytic Philosophers 295
Index 307
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2003

    Nonsense on purpose

    Willam Barrett not only defines existentialism in a way that the motivate layman can grasp, but also gives a moderately detailed history of such thought, which goes to show that the ideas of the existentialists stem much farther back than one may believe. Barrett also supplies interpretation and explanation of the works of the major players in modern existentialism (Sartre, Heidegger, Kierkegaard,and Nietzsche). All things considered, this study in existentialism belongs not only in the classroom, but in the hands of every indivual who has ever thought for a second about his or her purpose.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2001

    Handbook on Existentialism

    This book is well written, even by today's standards. Should be used as a text book. The book book also shows how relevant existential philosophy still is even today - with alienation such a persuasive feature in contemporary society existentialism may be more prevalent now then ever. This book is very readable. It will provide the reader with an understanding of the most obscure exitentialists. This book should be a classic in existentialism.

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