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An Introduction to Existentialism

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"The best book on this subject that I have so far read; it genuinely does what its title implies." — Philosophical Books
"Should be of great help in dispelling some of the mystery that surrounds the subject." — Review of Metaphysics
At one time or another almost everyone has reflected upon the major existentialist themes: the sources of despair and suffering, the triumph ove
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 17th 2017 by Dover Publications (first published June 1st 1962)
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Arghya Dutta
Jul 13, 2014 Arghya Dutta rated it really liked it
Typically introductory texts require a lot of prerequisites: things you know, obviously and I am tired of those books. Fortunately, this book stands out of that crowd.

The major virtue of this book is its clarity. It has its own problems like pompousness, harsh judgement, at times, to other's opinions etc., but I have rarely read a more clearly written Western philosophy book like this. In the preface the author declares: "None the less, this book is not recommended to the person who has an insu
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Oct 16, 2012 David Stephens rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Philosophy professor Robert Olson's book An Introduction to Existentialism provides a wide swath of mostly digestible explanations of the different facets of this seemingly abstruse philosophy. The book manages to walk a fine line between appealing to philosophical neophytes and maintaining an in-depth approach, and it quickly becomes clear that there could be no answer less than the full length of a book to unpack the following question adequately: What is existentialism?

Olson gives snippets of
Nov 23, 2009 Robin rated it did not like it
A pompous and poorly explained book on existentialism. It's the sort of book you recommend to friends not to read.
Jan 25, 2010 Joe is currently reading it
For my Existential Meetup Group.
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