Cambridge Companion to Existentialism
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Description: 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
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
|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|