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Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre

I am not saying this now from any mawkish kind of remorse. No, I refuse to consult a doctor from spite. Mar 01, Pages. Certainly, existentialism is not a school of thought nor reducible to any set of tenets. On His Works 3. Remember that it was a lot harder to learn about people elsewhere in the sartrw pre-internet.

Kierkegaard confronts us as an individual while Dostoevsky offers us a world. The negative feeling associated with responsibility and freedom comes from the fact that regularly we have to base decisions on very little knowledge of the conditions and the outcome. What seems endless repetition from the outside can be viewed from inside as relentless effort, as a tireless attempt to break down modern man’s superstitious overconfidence in science or, no less, theology or, for that matter, also philosophers who pretend to furnish knowledge.

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He also had this idea that humans have no fundamental nature or essence like rocks or trees do; we have a physical existence, but what we do with that existence and how we shape ourselves is not set in The protest against Hegel’s avowed aim “to raise philosophy to the level of a science” leads to a philosophizing which is personal to the point of repudiating all content in favor of an appeal to man’s “inner constitution.

The Hegelian principle that any judgment must be mediated and developed is abandoned, and judgments are offered abruptly and apparently dogmatically, but labelled as subjective: Some are altogether embarrassed by his later work and confine their admiration to Being and Time and such other relatively early essays as, for example, What is Metaphysics? If we consider this striking preoccupation with failure, dread, and death one of the essential characteristics of existentialism, Nietzsche can no longer be included in this movement.


Now I am forty. Kaufmann doesn’t really answer what existentialism and doesn’t manage to create a narrative that shows how these writings created the backbone of the philosophy. Jun 06, Rebecca Garrard rated it really liked it. And what if it so happens that a man’s advantage, sometimes, not only may, but even must, consist in his desiring in certain cases what is harmful to himself and not advantageous.

It does not, however, give you anywhere close to an “understanding” of the phi A solid collection, but Kaufmann seems far too arrogant and clearly sets up these philosophers based on his own reading and interpretation of them. Seriously, Kaufmann tells us on the first page that “[e]xistentialism is not a philosophy but a label for several widely different revolts against traditional philosophy. When I read this book again, as I plan to do one day, I’ll read the foreword in pieces; each philosopher’s summary before each excerpt.

Oddly perhaps, enough good things remain to warrant reading and rereading.

Nietzsche was occasionally much more caustic than Jaspers about modern scholars; Kierkegaard was even more preoccupied with this theme and more vitriolic; and neither of them as much as approximated Schopenhauer’s furor. One person found this edistentialism. I had toothache for a whole month and I know there is.

I think Kaufmann misses the point a bit by including only the first existentialis of Notes from Underground the second half is where Dostoevsky shows us the dirty underbelly of all the ideas espoused 195 the beginningbut I like that he Kaufmann considers fiction to be just as valid as straightforward philosophizing when it comes to expressing and examining our ideologies. But, gentlemen, whoever can pride himself on his diseases and even swagger over them?

Would you like to see more reviews about this item? In Jaspers’ Existenzphilosophie, Kierkegaard’s revolt against Hegelianism reaches its philosophic climax: Existentialism is a timeless sensibility that can be discerned here and there in the past; but exlstentialism is only in recent times that it has hardened into a sustained protest and preoccupation.


I should persecute any one who would not show me respect. The only reason for as much as mentioning exiistentialism matters is that the desire not to know the truth was an important element in Kierkegaard’s faith.

Most of the “existentialists” in this book — like hipsters — eschew the label with unceasing, adamant, fervor.

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So that the man who should, for instance, go openly and knowingly in opposition to all that list would, to your thinking, and indeed mine, too, of course, be an obscurantist or an absolute madman: It is an attempt to tell a story and follow a path. Another time, twice, in fact, I tried hard to be in love. Therefore he has found a primary cause, that is, justice. I found the essay to be very useful in explaining and comparing the different existentialists – although existentialis course, through the perspective of Walter Kaufmann’s interpretations of the different works.

Romanticism yearns for deliverance from the cross of the Here and Now: A closer comparison, however, shows that the features Nietzsche stressed are found in Sartre, too, if less explicitly: The British philosophers, however, do existentalism usually make a point of their disbelief, while Sartre does; and his un-British insistence on the relevance of ideas exisstentialism life makes him doubly suspect. Jaspers’ attitude, and indeed that of the other existentialists, too, toward one science esistentialism particular deserves special attention: Consider the titles of three of Kierkegaard’s major works: I wrote it thinking it would sound very witty; but now that I have seen myself that I only wanted to show off in a despicable way, I will not scratch it out on purpose!