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Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction

Thomas Flynn

October 2006

ISBN: 9780192804280

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Sartre, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, de Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty and Camus. These were some of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century, and the key existentialist thinkers. This Very Short Introduction provides an accessible account of the existentialist movement, and of the themes of individuality, free will, and personal responsibility which make it a 'philosophy as a way of life'.

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Sartre, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, de Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty and Camus. These were some of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century, and the key existentialist thinkers. This Very Short Introduction provides an accessible account of the existentialist movement, and of the themes of individuality, free will, and personal responsibility which make it a 'philosophy as a way of life'.

  • Thomas Flynn's pithy account of existentialism and the existentialist movement aims right at the core of the philosophy, revealing and explaining the key themes and key thinkers.
  • Sets the philosophy in its political context, explaining its various connections with National Socialism, Communism, and Feminism.
  • Explains the philosophical development of the movement, from the often overlooked early phenomenologists, to its rise in the '40s and '50s, and its relevance to philosophy and our lives today.
  • Few philosophies have had greater impact on literature and the arts than existentialism, with its overarching emphasis on human freedom.

About the Author(s)

Thomas Flynn, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy, Emory University, USA

Table of Contents

    1:Philosophy as a Way of Life
    2:Becoming an Individual
    3:Humanism, For and Against
    4:Authenticity
    5:A Chastened Individualism? Existentialism and Social Thought
    6:What is Living and What is Dead in Existentialist Thought?