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It is as if Kierkegaard had stepped right out of Dostoevsky’s pen.

In view of this, it might be argued that the label “existentialism” ought to be abandoned altogether. Even so their reasons are different. My room is a wretched, horrid one in the outskirts of the town.

Having read Sartre, we understand Jaspers and Heidegger better: When I read this book again, as I plan to do one day, I’ll read the foreword in pieces; each philosopher’s summary before each excerpt. Skip to main content.

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Don’t have a Kindle? Spite, of course, might overcome everything, all my doubts, and so might serve quite successfully in place of a primary cause, precisely because it is not a cause. This book isn’t really the best way to introduce one to existentialism. I tell the whole world that fo its face! One of the points on which Heidegger and Jaspers are agreed is that, since Sartre is an avowed existentialist, they do not care to be called sartge the same name. The First Existentialist 1.

Jun 23, Plaidlad rated it dostoecsky was amazing. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Some have compromised themselves, and some have not. Philosophy can never wish to be less than primordial, eternal philosophy itself. Frok, if anything, is existentialism, and why is it still so alluring for so many despite its apparent lack of coherence and the reservations of even its most essential contributors?


Existentialism from Kierkegaard to Sartre is a syllable shorter by my count, too, so what gives, Walter? Moreover, Sartre makes a great deal of his debt to Heidegger without acknowledging what he has learnt from Jaspers which would seem to be a great deal.

Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre

Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist Princeton Classics. Not, however, what he may wish to be. Almost every one of these writers saw something different in him. The difference, of course, is that Nietzsche didn’t believe in any god and thought Christianity was for the weak and was more interested in elevating the individual human being to a sort of divine status through the exertion of the will. Each writer isn’t introduced properly, and Kau A very poor introduction to existentialism.

I should then be a member of the best club by right, and should find my occupation in continually respecting myself. This book might be a bit much for the casual reader and is probably a turn off to someone interested in Existentialism.

None of them can simply be dismissed on that score. Write a customer review. Instead, Kaufmann seems to say “Pretty cool ideas, right? I am forty years old now, and you know forty years is a whole lifetime; you know it is extreme old age.

Kaufmann argument is this; what if anything ties the movement of Existentialism together is an admirable -if sometimes fanatically isolating- insistence that philosophy be focused on individual authenticity in our everyday lives and relationships.

Kierkegaard’s central error existentialissm epitomized by his two epigrams: More important by far, the central point is everywhere the same, with the insistence of Ecclesiastes who, however, confined himself to less than a dozen pages. Kierkegaard confronts us as an individual while Dostoevsky offers us a world.


So far, no mention has been made of the religious existentialists, except for Kierkegaard whose influence on Jaspers, Heidegger, and Sartre makes him a key figure of this movement.

And actually, that ends up being one of the big questions existentialism has to wrestle with throughout its history: Others Look at one subjectivity in the same way as we Look at others. I was simply amusing myself with the petitioners and with sartrd officer, and in reality I never could become spiteful.

He relied exclusively on close personal contact in which dialogue and character could do their work together.

The Beginning of the Will to Power 5. In Italy around the time of Dante was that man, and two hundred years later it was, if not Michelangelo, in any case sculpture and painting.

It would mean that I was positively defined, it would mean that there was something to say about me.

He was an aggressive thinker, and the main targets of his attacks are Hegel, of whom he lacked any thorough first-hand knowledge, and Christianity as it existed for approximately eighteen centuries, which seems at first glance to have no immediate bearing on philosophy.

Whether this is so or not, that is a crucial question which no student of this movement can avoid. Never once does he define what existentialism is.

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