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An Introduction to Existentialism

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Indispensable guide to one of the most influential thought systems of our century. Stressing the work of Heidegger and Sartre, it offers a careful and objective examination of the existentialist position and values — freedom of choice, individual dignity, personal love, creative effort — and answers to the eternal questions of the human condition.
Paperback, 221 pages
Published June 1st 1962 by Dover Publications
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Arghya Dutta
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
David Stephens
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
A pompous and poorly explained book on existentialism. It's the sort of book you recommend to friends not to read.
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