This book, first published in 1969, examines the ‘philosophies of existence’ or Existentialism and the field’s leading philosophers. These philosophers, the book argues, wished to distinguish themselves from other philosophies in their structure and approach – and it is that structure that this book takes care to analyse.
1. Generalities 2. The Traditions Leading to the Philosophies of Existence 3. The Traditions to which the Philosophies of Existence are Opposed 4. General Evolution of the Philosophies of Existence 5. The First Triad: Existence, Being, Transcendence 6. The Second Triad: Possibility and Project, Origin, Now/Situation/Instant 7. The Third Triad: Choice and Freedom, Nothingness and Dread, Authenticity 8. The Unique, the Other, Communication 9. Truth-Subjectivity, Truth-Being, Multiplicity of Truths 10. Paradox, Tension, Ambiguity 11. Comprehensive View 12. The Ultimate Problems of the Philosophies of Existence
This set collects together a vital selection of works on Existentialism, including the key Introduction to the New Existentialism by Colin Wilson. Some of the titles were early works written as this new philosophy spread into the English language, while others are more recent examinations.