From Shakespeare to Existentialism: An Original Study : Essays on Shakespeare and Goethe, Hegel and Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Rilke, and Freud, Jaspers, Heidegger, and Toynbee

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Princeton University Press, 1980 - Philosophy - 455 pages
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A companion volume to his Critique of Religion and Philosophy, this book offers Walter Kaufmann's critical interpretations of some of the great minds in Western philosophy, religion, and literature.


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Review: From Shakespeare to Existentialism

User Review  - Ewa Nowak - Goodreads

Kaufman's discussion on Goethe, Hegel and Nietzsche is illuminating. By the end of the book, however, his insights become less informative and increasingly invidious, irrelevant, and tedious. His ... Read full review

Review: From Shakespeare to Existentialism

User Review  - Goodreads

Kaufman's discussion on Goethe, Hegel and Nietzsche is illuminating. By the end of the book, however, his insights become less informative and increasingly invidious, irrelevant, and tedious. His ... Read full review

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About the author (1980)

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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