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With Selections from Kierkegaard, Turgener, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, Hesse, Heidegger, Marcel, Jaspers, Kafka, Gide, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, de Beauvoir, Rieocer, Berdygev, Buber, Tillich, Pinter, Beckett, Mailer, Laing, Bellon Bach, Weiss, and Muller.
Published February 1st 1974 by McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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I really enjoyed this collection of excerpts from existentialist writings. I liked that it opened my eyes to the different kind of thinkers within this tradition: liked some, loathed some. It gathered from about 26 writers from Kierkegaard to Arthur Miller, and concentrated more heavily on the more well-known contributors like Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Camus, and Sartre. I came to this book having read some from this philosophical emphasis, but I wasn’t disappointed in the selections wh ...more
Sep 19, 2007 Jacob rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young Jacob
This was an optional reader for a class that I took with the late Robert Solomon. All royalties went to the keg fund for a party that he threw for his students. It's a tiny little book, but it has breadth; besides the obvious and indispensable inclusions, like Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Kafka, Sartre, and Camus, there are selections from Merleau-Ponty, Buber, Pinter, Beckett, and even Barth. Oh yeah -- if you like Hesse, then get your motor running, because he's in here, too.

Among the major selecti
Alexander Francis
This book has introduced me to Existentialism and now I really want to learn more. I have enjoyed the thoughts posed about individualism, that we are choosers, "bad faith", seeing ourselves in the eyes of the other. I have come to many conclusions about how people are objectifying one another. It has expanded my understanding about love and life. I have decided to become more individualistic in my religious practices as well as my social interactions. I am going to read more existentialism this ...more
Ryan Pollock
This book is badass! The introductions to the excerpts in this existential philosophy primer are what really make book worthwhile. After I read this, I got really excited because I knew that Solomon was the head of the Philosophy Dept. at UT. I was really stoked to sit in on some classes. However, I then found out that he died two years ago. Bummer.
To be fair, my love for this book is based on my love for Dr. Solomon's Existentialism class that I took in college. It's not necessarily a weekend read, especially the Heidegger excerpts. I actually would recommend checking out the audio for his lectures if you are not used to reading philisophical texts.
A selection of representative works from existentialism's philosophers, both the renowned (Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Sartre, etc) and the less well-known (Karl Jaspers, de Unamuno, etc). May be a bit daunting for the first-time reader introduced to existentialism. Good breadth, though.
Steven Wright
Trapped on a desert Island this small book would provide a library of existentialist material , nicely organized and the introduction by Solomon is great

Very well written and articulate conversations about existentialism.
Chris Feldman
Good intro to the subject by the late Bob Solomon.
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Robert C. Solomon (September 14, 1942 – January 2, 2007) was a professor of continental philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.

Early life

Solomon was born in Detroit, Michigan. His father was a lawyer, and his mother an artist. After earning a B.A. (1963) at the University of Pennsylvania, he moved to the University of Michigan to study medicine, switching to philosophy for an M.A. (1965)
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