Cambridge Companion to Existentialism

ISBN-10: 0521732786

ISBN-13: 9780521732789

Edition: 2012

Authors: Steven Crowell

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Existentialism exerts a continuing fascination on students of philosophy and general readers. As a philosophical phenomenon, though, it is often poorly understood, as a form of radical subjectivism that turns its back on reason and argumentation and possesses all the liabilities of philosophical idealism but without any idealistic conceptual clarity. In this volume of original essays, the first to be devoted exclusively to existentialism in over forty years, a team of distinguished commentators discuss the ideas of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty and Beauvoir and show how their focus on existence provides a compelling perspective on contemporary issues in moral psychology and philosophy of mind, language and history. A further sequence of chapters examines the influence of existential ideas beyond philosophy, in literature, religion, politics and psychiatry. The volume offers a rich and comprehensive assessment of the continuing vitality of existentialism as a philosophical movement and a cultural phenomenon.
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List price: $57.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/16/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 428
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Introduction: Introduction
Existentialism and its legacy
Existentialism in Historical Perspective
Existentialism as a philosophical movement
Existentialism as a cultural movement
Major Existentialist Philosophers
Kierkegaard's single individual and the point of indirect communication
'What a monster then is man': Pascal and Kierkegaard on being a contradictory self and what to do about it
Nietzsche: after the death of God
Nietzsche: selfhood, creativity, and philosophy
Heidegger: the existential analytic of Dasein
The antinomy of being: Heidegger's critique of humanism
Sartre's existentialism and the nature of consciousness
Political existentialism: the career of Sartre's political thought
Simone de Beauvoir's existentialism: freedom and ambiguity in the human world
Merleau-Ponty on body, flesh, and visibility
The Reach of Existential Philosophy
Existentialism as literature
Existentialism and religion
Racism is a system: how existentialism became dialectical in Fanon and Sartre
Existential phenomenology, psychiatric illness, and the death of possibilities
Bibliography of works cited
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