Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre

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Walter Arnold Kaufmann
New American Library, 1975 - Existentialism - 384 pages
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Review: Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre

User Review  - Tristan Williams - Goodreads

A great overview of existentialist writing from its Russian origins to its French dominance. I only wish Kaufmann had put more of his own thoughts into this book, as he has the widest perspective of anyone in it. Read full review

Review: Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre

User Review  - Lisa Cook - Goodreads

Eh. So much eh. I don't have much of a background when it comes to existentialism, so when I learned I needed to teach it, I figured this collection of essays might be helpful in giving me some insight. Not so much. It was very informative, but essay after essay just got to me. Eh and meh. Read full review


DOSTOEVSKY Notes from Underground
KIERKEGAARD The First Existentialist

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Walter Kaufmann was born in Freiburg, Germany in July 1, 1921. He arrived in the United States at the age of 17 and became a citizen in 1944. He received a B.A. degree from Williams College in 1941 and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1947. During World War II, he served in the United States Army from 1943-1946. He was a member of the philosophy department at Princeton University from 1947-1980. He was a philosopher, translator, poet, and photographer. His first book, a critical study of Nietzsche, was published in 1950. His other works include Critique of Religion and Philosophy, From Shakespeare to Existentialism, The Faith of a Heretic, Tragedy and Philosophy, Without Guilt and Justice, Religions in Four Dimensions, and Man's Lot. He died on September 4, 1980 at the age of 59.

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