Existentialism For Dummies

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Have you ever wondered what the phrase "God is dead"means? You'll find out in Existentialism For Dummies,a handy guide to Nietzsche, Sartre, and Kierkegaard'sfavorite philosophy. See how existentialist ideas have influencedeverything from film and literature to world events and discoverwhether or not existentialism is still relevant today. You'll find an introduction to existentialism andunderstand how it fits into the history of philosophy. Thisinsightful guide will expose you to existentialism's ideasabout the absurdity of life and the ways that existentialism guidespolitics, solidarity, and respect for others. There's even asection on religious existentialism. You'll be able toreviewkey existential themes and writings. Find out how to: * Trace the influence of existentialism * Distinguish each philosopher's specific ideas * Explain what it means to say that "God isdead" * See culture through an existentialist lens * Understand the existentialist notion of time, finitude, anddeath * Navigate the absurdity of life * Master the art of individuality Complete with lists of the ten greatest existential films, tengreat existential aphorisms, and ten common misconceptions aboutexistentialism, Existentialism For Dummies is yourone-stop guide to a very influential school of thought.


Christopher Panza, PhD, teaches courses on existentialism, ethics, and free will and has published articles on teaching philosophy. Gregory Gale is an adjunct professor of philosophy.


Explore key existential themes and writings

Your friendly guide to finding meaning in a meaningless world

Is God "dead"? If we are alone, how should we act? These are key questions posed by existentialism. This unintimidating guide clearly explains the concepts of this philosophical movement in plain English. You'll meet the thinkers who helped it evolve Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, Camus and see how existentialist ideas have influenced everything from film and literature to world events.

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Online cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun


Part I: Introducing Existentialism.

Chapter 1: What Is Existentialism?

Chapter 2: The Big Names of Existentialism.

Part II: The Fundamental Problem: God Is Dead.

Chapter 3: If God Is Dead, Is Life Meaningless?

Chapter 4: Anxiety, Dread, and Angst in an Empty World.

Part III: Living a Meaningful Life in a Meaningless World.

Chapter 5: The Challenge of Absurdity and Authenticity.

Chapter 6: Understanding Our Unique Way of Existing in the World.

Chapter 7: Not Tonight, Honey: Why We Need More Passion in Our Lives.

Chapter 8: Sar tre's Existentialism: Learning to Cope with Freedom.

Chapter 9: Finding Authenticity: Facing Death, Conscience, and Time.

Chapter 10: Kierkegaard: The Task of Being a Religious Existentialist.

Chapter 11: Niet zsche: Mastering the Art of Individuality.

Part IV: The Enduring Impact of Existentialism.

Chapter 12: Fear and Loathing in Existential Politics.

Chapter 13: Existentialism and Other Schools of Philosophical Thought.

Chapter 14: Doing Psychology the Existential Way.

Part V: Part of Tens.

Chapter 15: Ten Great Existential Movies.

Chapter 16: Ten Great Works of Existential Literature.


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