Existentialism For Dummies

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 8/4/2008
  • Publisher: For Dummies
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Have you ever wondered what the phrase "God is dead" means? You'll find out in Existentialism For Dummies, a handy guide to Nietzsche, Sartre, and Kierkegaard's favorite philosophy. See how existentialist ideas have influenced everything from film and literature to world events and discover whether or not existentialism is still relevant today.You'll find an introduction to existentialism and understand how it fits into the history of philosophy. This insightful guide will expose you to existentialism's ideas about the absurdity of life and the ways that existentialism guides politics, solidarity, and respect for others. There's even a section on religious existentialism. You'll be able to reviewkey existential themes and writings. Find out how to: Trace the influence of existentialism Distinguish each philosopher's specific ideas Explain what it means to say that "God is dead" See culture through an existentialist lens Understand the existentialist notion of time, finitude, and death Navigate the absurdity of life Master the art of individualityComplete with lists of the ten greatest existential films, ten great existential aphorisms, and ten common misconceptions about existentialism, Existentialism For Dummies is your one-stop guide to a very influential school of thought.

Author Biography

Christopher Panza, PhD, teaches courses on existentialism, ethics, and freewill and has published articles on teaching philosophy. Gregory Gale is an adjunct professor of philosophy.

Table of Contents

Introducing Existentialism
What Is Existentialism?
The Big Names of Existentialism
The Fundamental Problem: God Is Dead
If God Is Dead, Is Life Meaningless?
Anxiety, Dread, and Angst in an Empty World
Living a Meaningful Life in a Meaningless World
The Challenge of Absurdity and Authenticity
Understanding Our Unique Way of Existing in the World
Not Tonight, Honey: Why We Need More Passion in Our Lives
Sar tre's Existentialism: Learning to Cope with Freedom
Finding Authenticity: Facing Death, Conscience, and Time
Kierkegaard: The Task of Being a Religious Existentialist
Niet zsche: Mastering the Art of Individuality
The Enduring Impact of Existentialism
Fear and Loathing in Existential Politics
Existentialism and Other Schools of Philosophical Thought
Doing Psychology the Existential Way
Part of Tens
Ten Great Existential Movies
Ten Great Works of Existential Literature
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