by Richard Appignanesi - £6.99 Granta Books (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781862078635 | ISBN 10: 1862078637
Existentialism is not a unified doctrine in any convential sense. It breaks ranks with all previous philosophy, unsettles orthodox religion, and questions the supremacy of science. However, the question it poses is of fundamental importance to us all: what on earth am I to make of my existence?
In this lively and provocative new introduction to existentialism, Richard Appignanesi challenges the reader to take part in a a series of 'thought experiments' in order to illuminate what it means to approach the question of our being human existentially. He also traces the development of existentialist thought through the writings of its founding thinkers - including Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger and Sartre, and looks at existentialism's encounters with Islam, Freud, feminism, race and the notion of progress.
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