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Understand Existentialism breaks down a complex mode of thought into more manageable sections, enabling you to get to grips with the key concepts within the movement. Chart the origins and development of existentialism in a variety of disciplines and learn about significant thinkers from Sartre and De Beauvoir to Beckett and Camus. Whether you are a newcomer or more experienced student, this book will enhance your understanding of a brand of philosophy designed to give meaning and direction amongst the uncertainties of modern life.
Understand Existentialism includes:
Chapter 1: Introduction to existentialism
Chapter 2: Living dangerously: the roots of existentialism
Chapter 3: Between birth and death
Chapter 4: Existence precedes essence
Chapter 5: The authentic life
Chapter 6: Freedom, choice and responsibility
Chapter 7: The individual, art and society
Chapter 8: Existentialism and religion
Chapter 9: Authenticity and the absurd: the fiction of Sartre and Camus
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