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By Thomas E. Wartenberg

Existentialism pervades glossy tradition, but if you happen to ask most folks what it potential, they won’t be capable to inform you. during this full of life and topical creation, Wartenberg unearths a colourful mode of philosophical inquiry that addresses issues on the middle of the lifestyles of each person. Wartenberg makes use of vintage movies, novels, and performs to give the information of now-legendary Existentialist thinkers from Nietzsche and Camus to Sartre and Heidegger and to discover primary strategies, together with Freedom, nervousness, and the Absurd. certain consciousness is paid to the perspectives of Simone de Beauvoir and Franz Fanon, who use the theories of Existentialism to deal with gender and colonial oppression.

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Chapter I 13 This acoustical receptivity which underlies Kierkegaard’s critical judgment can be seen to have its complement in the optical. Time and again one comes upon observations in Kierkegaard’s writings in which external appearances are perceived as concealing a deeper meaning than their face value. In the present study it will be seen that these observations are not mere ‘private impressions’ of secondary interest, but constitute rather, when more closely examined, an, as it were, undogmatic, situation-conditioned physiognomy of the spirit with both existential and historical dimensions.

Earle, 1955, pp. 7-25) has referred to this current which first emerged in its radical form in the modern age as “philosophy of reason” and contrasted it with the “intellectual attitude” of these thinkers. While Jasper’s work is a valuable preliminary attempt at a wider historical demarcation, there is, in this early discussion, a marked tendency to give more attention to the similarities of the point of departure of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche than to the fundamental distinctions of their terminus — and thus less to the specific differences between their respective standpoints.

K. Smith, London 1929, §A314, pp. 310 ff. ” in Deutsche Viertel-jahresschrift fur Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte (DVJS)18, 1940, pp 119-20. , tr. R. Taft, Bloomington, 1990, p. 136. Cf. , p. 128. 42 Schleiermacher, Hermeneutik, ed. H. Kimmerle, Heidelberg 1959, p. 138. 43 Lichtenberg, Aphorisms, tr. J. Hollingdale, London 1990, p. 87 (Notebook F #41). 16 G. 44 Although the latter exegesis, as will become clearer, exhibits more receptivity to the decisive critical substance of Kierkegaard’s thought, the debate has, with the hardening of the fronts, taken on a selfperpetuating function, and has increasingly been carried out, on both sides, with a predefined conceptual preparation and within a predetermined field of reference.

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