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Existentialism Is a Humanism

Existentialism Is a Humanism

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FluidMindOrg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you've read anything by Sartre or Camus you may have came away with a feeling that Existentialism is a philosophy of nihilism or despair. That, indeed, was one of the main criticisms of Sartre's philosophy in his day. In this lecture he speaks frankly about Existentialism and defends it against such criticisms, explaining that it is nothing of the sort, but rather a humanistic philosophy.If you're interested in learning about Existentialism, this is an excellent short lecture to start with. It will leave you with many questions which can then be answered by a good intro such as Robert G. Olson's _Introduction to Existentialism_.The real gem, however, of this particular edition is the inclusion of Sartre's literary review of Camus's _The Stranger_. I read The Stranger when I was 19 years old and didn't really think much of it. After reading this review I've started reading The Stranger again and I'm amazed at how much of an influence this little book had on my life.
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JWL More than 1 year ago
First, I must say that I am not a fan of existenialism. I read this book because I was curious about his lectures on the subject. I would claim that this book should be read by all philosophy students in order to give them a sense of realism by Sartre. If you are interested in the topic, I would recommend that you read "Being and Nothingness" first. This book is very comprehensive and easily understood.