An Introduction to Existentialism by Robert G. Olson

By Robert G. Olson

Fundamental consultant to at least one of the main influential proposal platforms of our century. Stressing the paintings of Heidegger and Sartre, it deals a cautious and aim exam of the existentialist place and values — freedom of selection, person dignity, own love, artistic attempt — and solutions to the everlasting questions of the human .

Show description

Read Online or Download An Introduction to Existentialism PDF

Similar existentialism books

La Nausée

«Donc j'étais tout à l'heure au Jardin public. los angeles racine du marronnier s'enfonçait dans los angeles terre, juste au-dessous de mon banc. Je ne me rappelais plus que c'était une racine. Les mots s'étaient évanouis et, avec eux, los angeles signification des choses, leurs modes d'emploi, les faibles repères que les hommes ont tracés à leur floor.

Radio: Essays in Bad Reception

In a wide-ranging, cross-cultural, and transhistorical evaluation, John Mowitt examines radio’s relevant position within the background of twentieth-century severe idea. A communique gear that used to be a founding expertise of twentieth-century mass tradition, radio drew the eye of theoretical and philosophical writers akin to Jean-Paul Sartre, Walter Benjamin, Jacques Lacan, and Frantz Fanon, who used it as a way to disseminate their rules.

Friedrich Nietzsche and the Politics of Transfiguration (expanded ed.)

"Friedrich Nietzsche and the Politics of Transfiguration" offers a finished research of the politics which are implicit and specific in Nietzsche's paintings. Tracy B. Strong's dialogue exhibits that Nietzsche's writings are of a section and feature as their universal aim a politics of transfiguration: a politics that seeks radical switch in how people dwell and act within the glossy Western global.

The new Husserl : a critical reader

The new first-time book of works from Edmund Husserl's later years, particularly his Freiburg interval, mixed with new reports of his process and theories, has encouraged a outstanding shift in perceptions of the scope and value of Husserl's transcendental phenomenology. knowledgeable through a deep examining of not only the works released in the course of Husserl's lifetime but in addition the numerous lectures and manuscripts he wrote in his later years, the essays within the New Husserl supply an alternate method of Husserl by means of reading his paintings and his approach as a complete and through probing matters, previous and new, that occupied him in this really effective interval.

Additional resources for An Introduction to Existentialism

Sample text

Sartre argues that the Marxists are so entrenched in their own certainty and ideology that they are no longer capable of understanding any thought but their own. He goes so far as to claim that they are in “bad faith,” lying to themselves when they sacrifice the particular details of situations for the sake of preserving an orthodox teleological interpretation of events. In this respect, contemporary Marxists can understand events only as confirming their own theory; they can’t grasp the particularity of an event.

Though Sartre does not explicitly acknowledge the influence of Wilhelm Dilthey upon his later thought, I argue that it is clear that he draws upon Dilthey’s own theory of Objective Spirit. I demonstrate that Sartre adopts Dilthey’s notion of Objective Spirit with one crucial difference: he takes what Dilthey had called “expressions” and “objectifications of spirit,” and redefines these as work, thereby locating the notion of Objective Spirit within his own context of MarxistExistentialism. This enables Sartre to portray work (or praxis) as a mediation between the individual and the outer socio-historical reality, and in this way, his unique theory of Objective Spirit becomes central to his depiction of the social constitution of the individual as well as to his account of freedom and necessity in human experience.

78 John Stuart Mill, “Utilitarianism,” 286. 79 “Hunger Stats,” World Food Programme, accessed Sept. org/hunger/ stats. , ix. ”81 The problem today is no longer an objective lack of food – it is merely a problem of distribution. The human role in the creation and maintenance of material scarcity becomes more glaringly obvious than it has ever been before. John Roth makes a very Sartrean point regarding scarcity when he writes: human-made mass death and genocide are not inevitable and no events related to them ever will be.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.74 of 5 – based on 35 votes