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Existentialism is a recurring theme in movies, books, and popular culture, but many misunderstand its tenets, believing them obscure or enigmatic. In this beginner's guide to existentialism, Mount Holyoke Professor of Philosophy Thomas E. Wartenberg clearly and fascinatingly outlines the basic beliefs of this branch of philosophy, illustrating with references to literature and film. Experienced actress Miranda Nation's clear and confident narration makes for a comprehensive and accessible listen, leaving audiences with a working understanding of the philosophies of luminaries like Nietzsche, Camus, Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir.

Publisher's Summary

Existentialism pervades modern culture, yet if you ask most people what it means, they won’t be able to tell you. In this lively and topical introduction, Wartenberg reveals a vibrant mode of philosophical inquiry that addresses concerns at the heart of the existence of every human being.

He uses classic films, novels, and plays to present the ideas of now-legendary Existentialist thinkers from Nietzsche and Camus to Sartre and Heidegger and to explore central concepts, including freedom, anxiety, and the absurd. Special attention is paid to the views of Simone de Beauvoir and Frantz Fanon, who use the theories of existentialism to address gender and colonial oppression.

©2008 Thomas Wartenberg (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Excellent summary of existential philosophy

Thomas explains the main concepts of existential philosophy in a way thats both easy to understand and digest. He presents the material in an progressive order that makes it easier to follow.

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  • JP
  • 24-12-2012

Good Introduction

A good basic introduction to the context, development, and ideas of existentialism. The author uses an adequately critical approach to the subject matter to make his discussion interesting.

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  • Darren - UK
  • 11-12-2014

Ok but not for me.

This book was too heavy for me it didn't take time to explain the basics and I don't think it's suitable for beginners.

The narration was adequate , but flat and made the book seen dull when the subject matter is not.