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Look Inside. Edited and with an Introduction by Gordon Marino Basic Writings of Existentialism, unique to the Modern Library, presents the writings of key nineteenth- and twentieth-century thinkers broadly united by their belief that because life has no inherent meaning humans can discover, we must determine meaning for ourselves. This anthology brings together into one volume the most influential and commonly taught works of existentialism. Readers new to existentialism have as reliable a guide as the subject matter permits. Those familiar with movement have an occasion for recollection and more.

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This anthology brings together into one volume the most Edited and with an Introduction by Gordon Marino Basic Writings of Existentialism, unique to the Modern Library, presents the writings of key nineteenth- and twentieth-century thinkers broadly united by their belief that because life has no inherent meaning humans can discover, we must determine meaning for ourselves. This anthology brings together into one volume the most influential and commonly taught works of existentialism. Get A Copy.

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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Basic Writings of Existentialism. Feb 23, Rod rated it really liked it. If you're looking for a book that will lay out clearly what the philosophy of existentialism is, then this is not the book you're looking for.

If, however, you want to wade through the words of the existentialists themsevles and decide for yourself what they're about, then this anthology presents wonderul material to consider.

The works are grouped chronologically, giving an excellent view of the evolution of existentalist thought. It should be noted that a clear statment about what existentiali If you're looking for a book that will lay out clearly what the philosophy of existentialism is, then this is not the book you're looking for. It should be noted that a clear statment about what existentialism is and isn't can be found in Sartre's apologist essay "Existentialism," which is among the material in this volume.

Kierkagard said that if we were to undermine living with our heart because we are too afraid of getting hurt, then the first thing to give up on should be love. This idea was momentous to me in healing from heartbreak Never will I give up on love. View 1 comment. Feb 19, Logan rated it it was amazing.

This is a wonderful, albeit mindbending especially in the case of Kierkegaard's stuff collection. Saint Manuel Bueno, Martyr is one of the best stories I've ever read and earns the five stars alone, but the rest of the essays and stories are also excellent. I wouldn't recommend it to people not heavily interested in philosophy, however. It's not an introductory text and does not contain explanatory material, like in a Norton paperback for example; Marino lets the texts speak for themselves, exc This is a wonderful, albeit mindbending especially in the case of Kierkegaard's stuff collection.

It's not an introductory text and does not contain explanatory material, like in a Norton paperback for example; Marino lets the texts speak for themselves, except in places where a foreign language is quoted or a particularly obscure or obsolete idea is brought up.

Jan 09, Miranda Brist rated it really liked it. I worked my way through about half of these--until I felt my own existential crisis coming on, and realized that reading about existentialism made it worse. But, I know this will get more of my time eventually. Jun 08, Eric rated it really liked it. I read it for a class. Really interesting, and worth reading if you're into this sort of thing.

It's not like a textbook or anything. It's doable. However, I do feel like if I wasn't learning the jargon in this book from the class, this book would've been much more difficult.

There's a brief bio on each writer, but not any sort of explanation of the unique terms used by each philosopher, aside from when the philosopher themselves defines them which doesn't always happen, or at least not clearly I read it for a class. There's a brief bio on each writer, but not any sort of explanation of the unique terms used by each philosopher, aside from when the philosopher themselves defines them which doesn't always happen, or at least not clearly.

Nietzsche and Sartre were especially difficult. But this is almost worth owning just for the fact that it contains the entirety of Camus's The Myth of Sisyphus. Plus everything else on top of that. I don't know if this is the best intro to this philosophy, but if you put in an effort you should be able to get through it. The other selections are so abstract that their arguments are incomprehensible.

In this anthology's introduction, editor Gordon Marino says that the reader will be "shaking hands" with several prominent figures in the existentialist tradition. As I read the book, I felt like a blind man groping for their hands while Marino, in exasperation, screamed, "No, his hand is to your left!

No, your other left! The problem is clarity: each writer begins with an abstraction, such as Kierkegaard's "The self is a relation that relates itself to itself," and then, rather than clarifying the abstraction with concrete examples, continues to build layers of additional abstractions that confuse, rather than illuminate, the writer's position.

Unfortunately, Kierkegaard is never any clearer than that, so for me at least, the argument never moves beyond the baffling abstraction it begins with. The more I read, the more it seemed as if these writers couldn't quite grasp what they were trying to say and, unable to pin their ideas down in concrete language, simply spewed abstract nonsense until they wore themselves out.

However, the confusing nature of many of the selections may not be entirely the fault of their authors. Many of these writings, Kierkegaard's especially, appear to have been responses to other philosophers that Marino chose to leave out. Perhaps if the editor had included, for example, the works by Hegel that Kierkegaard was responding to, Kierkegaard's own positions might have been more understandable. On the other hand, I know a literature professor who regards Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, confusing as they are, as good writers, while a friend in a political philosophy class condemns Hegel as a man incapable of saying what he means.

Perhaps Hegel's inclusion would have shed little light on Kierkegaard, and by extension, perhaps including more writers would have offered little additional clarity overall. Ah, why am I dancing around the real problem? I suspect that I am simply too stupid to understand philosophy. This is the existential crisis that drew me to this book to begin with: I am smart enough to understand that life is pointless, but too stupid to understand the solution as presented in books such as this one.

Much as I would like to quit writing this review now and drown my existential blues in intoxicating beverages, a sense of fairness compels me to mention that this book was not a complete loss for me. The literary selections by Unamuno, Dostoevsky, and Ellison make the book worthwhile. Each is beautifully told in its own unique way, though the standout is Unamuno's "Saint Manuel Bueno, Martyr.

The other stories are excellent, too. I was already acquainted with one of my favorite Russian authors, Dostoevsky, and I plan to read Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, represented in this collection by its prologue, as soon as my library can borrow a copy for me. If reading Kierkegaard and the other philosophers is like wearing fogged over eyeglasses into a blizzard and hoping for the best, reading Unamuno, Dostoevsky and Ellison is like sitting back in the heated passenger seat of a comfortable car, as each storyteller steers through the snow with deftness.

Their characters' existential landscapes roll by through the defrosted windshield, and though we are safe in their skilled hands, when we press against the glass during difficult turns, the harshness of their worlds sting our palms.

Kierkegaard, from "The Sickness unto Death": There is a kind of despair in which the despairing person "not infrequently longs for solitude, which for him is a necessity of life, at times like the necessity to breathe, at other times like the necessity to sleep On the whole, the longing for solitude is a sign that there still is spirit in a person and is the measure of what spirit there is.

Just as a little child has to be lulled to sleep, so these people need the soothing lullaby of social life in order to be able to eat, drink, sleep, fall in love, etc. In antiquity as well as in the Middle Ages there was an awareness of this longing for solitude and a respect for what it means; whereas in the constant sociality of our day we shrink from it to the point what a capital epigram!

But since it is a crime in our day to have spirit, it is indeed quite in order to classify such people, lovers of solitude, with criminals. Jun 04, Ryan rated it really liked it. The selection of works in here is really great, and reading them in the context of eachother helped to emphasize certain aspects and ideas that I might otherwise have missed, and definitely made the works more comprehensible and impressive.

My main complaint is that I think the Heidegger section would've been much improved by a more extensive glossary of some of the terms he uses. It felt like, taken out of context, a lot of the meaning behind the technical language he was using was going pretty The selection of works in here is really great, and reading them in the context of eachother helped to emphasize certain aspects and ideas that I might otherwise have missed, and definitely made the works more comprehensible and impressive.

It felt like, taken out of context, a lot of the meaning behind the technical language he was using was going pretty far over my head. I ended up feeling the need to skip over a lot of that excerpt and will have to return to it after getting a better understanding of Heidegger from other sources.

I mean I got a D in the class, but I'm pretty sure I want to get a masters in Philosophy.

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