Good books on Existentialism

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  1. eva01 macrumors 601

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    I was just wondering if anyone here knew of any good books on existentialism.

    I have the book entitled "Basic Writings of Existentialism"

    Just wondering if anyone else was a fan of existentialism. Looking to go to borders tonight after spanish class is over to pick up a book or two.
     
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    Hmmm... I'm not sure what's in the Basic Writings of Existentialism, but the actual books that would probably be considered the basics are:

    Sartre's Nausea
    Camus's The Stranger (sometimes translated as The Outsider)
    some Nietzsche, maybe Thus Spoke Zarathustra, or Beyond Good and Evil
    Dostoevsky, I'd have a look at Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and Notes from the Underground
    and maybe a bit of Kafka.
     
  3. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    Basic Writings of Existentialism by Gordon Marino is good. Some others I could recommend would be:

    Worlds of Existentialism: A Critical Reader
    by Maurice Friedman (Editor), Delmar Publishers (this is a textbook)

    Courage to Be
    Paul Tillich, Peter J. Gomes

    The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
    Albert Camus, Justin O'Brien, Justin O'Brien

    Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy
    William E. Barrett

    Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre
    Walter Kaufman, Walter Arnold Kaufmann, Walter Arnold Kaufmann
     
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    Oh, and for a theistic variation, try Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling.
     
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    Beat me to it. :) I was on my way back to mention Kierkegaard.
     
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    Gotta be quick around here, there's no time to ponder the nothingness. :D
     
  7. mouchoir macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely Albert Camus' L'Etranger/The Stranger/The Outsider.

    Brilliant novel and taught me more than reading one of his essays.
     
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    twietee macrumors 603

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    One should mention Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, too. L'Être et le néant is his magnum opus.
    But Les Mots by Sartre and for example Les Belles Images or other novels by Beauvoir can give a good idea what's expecting you.




    edit: and thank's to xsedrinam, very informative list.
     

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