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Routledge Library Editions: Existentialism


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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.

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A Study of the Political Philosophy of Merleau-Ponty

A Study of the Political Philosophy of Merleau-Ponty

1st Edition

By Sonia Kruks
November 22, 2020

This book, first published in 1987, is an extended examination of Merleau-Ponty’s political philosophy. It describes and critically elucidates the main political themes to be found in his writings, and shows how his political ideas are related to his general phenomenological philosophy....

Existentialism from Within

Existentialism from Within

1st Edition

By E.L. Allen
November 22, 2020

This book, first published in 1953, was one of the first written in English that attempted to provide a sympathetic analysis of the new movement of Existentialism. In the attempt to bring out what is of permanent value in what was at the time a study yet to gain academic recognition, it is a ...

Philosophies of Existence An Introduction to the Basic Thought of Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Jaspers, Marcel, Sartre

Philosophies of Existence: An Introduction to the Basic Thought of Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Jaspers, Marcel, Sartre

1st Edition

By Jean Wahl
November 22, 2020

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 ...

Sartre and his Predecessors The Self and the Other

Sartre and his Predecessors: The Self and the Other

1st Edition

By William Ralph Schroeder
November 22, 2020

This study, first published in 1984, presents an explanation and critical examination of the theories of Sartre, Heidegger, Husserl and Hegel on the fundamental relationships between persons. It also synthesizes the results into a new conception of one’s relation to other people. Sartre’s famous ...

Situation and Human Existence Freedom, Subjectivity and Society

Situation and Human Existence: Freedom, Subjectivity and Society

1st Edition

By Sonia Kruks
November 22, 2020

Social philosophy oscillates between two opposing ideas: that individuals fashion society, and that society fashions individuals. The concept of ‘situation’ was elaborated by the French existentialist thinkers to avoid this dilemma. Individuals are seen as actively situating themselves in society ...

The Concept of Freedom and the Development of Sartre's Early Political Thought

The Concept of Freedom and the Development of Sartre's Early Political Thought

1st Edition

By Bernard Merkel
November 22, 2020

This book, first published in 1987, is a study of the development of Sartre’s political thought from the late 1920s to the liberation of France in 1944, concentrating particularly upon his concept of freedom. It is argued that the evolution of Sartre’s thinking can be regarded as constituting a ...

The Philosophy of Sartre

The Philosophy of Sartre

1st Edition

By Mary Warnock
November 22, 2020

This book, first published in 1965, is a critical exposition of the philosophical doctrines of Jean-Paul Sartre. His contribution to ethical and political theory, and to metaphysics and ontology, is reviewed against the background of German idealism and phenomenology, and his arguments are ...

Beyond Existentialism

Beyond Existentialism

1st Edition

By J. Von Rintelen
November 15, 2020

This book, first published in 1961, is a careful analysis of this modern movement of thought, and especially of its leading German representative Martin Heidegger. This study presents a sound reading and criticism of the existentialist thinkers....

Encounter with Nothingness An Essay on Existentialism

Encounter with Nothingness: An Essay on Existentialism

1st Edition

By Helmut Kuhn
November 15, 2020

This book, first published in 1951, discusses the fundamental concepts which have crystallized around the fatal ‘crisis’. It proceeds by critically examining the theories which, from Kierkegaard to Heidegger, Sartre and their associates, have placed Existentialism in the focus of philosophical ...

Introduction to the New Existentialism

Introduction to the New Existentialism

1st Edition

By Colin Wilson
May 08, 2019

Colin Wilson revitalised existentialism with a completely new approach to the philosophy. The six volumes of his ‘Outsider’ series created an existentialism that is not paralysed by its own nihilism. This book, first published in 1966, is a clear summary of the ideas of the ‘Outsider’ cycle, and ...

Routledge Library Editions: Existentialism

Routledge Library Editions: Existentialism

1st Edition

By Various
May 08, 2019

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....

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