Understanding Existentialism

Understanding Existentialism

by Dr. Jack Reynolds
     
 

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Understanding Existentialism provides an accessible introduction to existentialism by examining the major themes in the work of Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty and de Beauvoir. Paying particular attention to the key texts, Being and Time, Being and Nothingness, Phenomenology of Perception, The Ethics of Ambiguity and The Second Sex, the book explores the shared

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Understanding Existentialism provides an accessible introduction to existentialism by examining the major themes in the work of Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty and de Beauvoir. Paying particular attention to the key texts, Being and Time, Being and Nothingness, Phenomenology of Perception, The Ethics of Ambiguity and The Second Sex, the book explores the shared concerns and the disagreements between these major thinkers. The fundamental existential themes examined include: freedom; death, finitude and mortality; phenomenological experiences and 'moods', such as anguish, angst, nausea, boredom, and fear; an emphasis upon authenticity and responsibility as well as the denigration of their opposites (inauthenticity and Bad Faith); a pessimism concerning the tendency of individuals to become lost in the crowd and even a pessimism about human relations more generally; and a rejection of any external determination of morality or value. Finally, the book assesses the influence of these philosophers on poststructuralism, arguing that existentialism remains an extraordinarily productive school of thought.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844650439
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/30/2005
Series:
Understanding Movements in Modern Thought Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Jack Reynolds is lecturer, philosophy, University of Tasmania (Australia), author of Merleau-Ponty and Derrida, series editor of Understanding Movements in Modern Thought, and the contintental pilosophy editor for Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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