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Irrational Man - William Barrett

Paperback Published: 1st June 1958
ISBN: 9780385031387
Number Of Pages: 320

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Widely recognized as the finest definition of existentialist philosophy ever written, this book introduced existentialism to America in 1958. Barrett speaks eloquently and directly to concerns of the 1990s: a period when the irrational and the absurd are no better integrated than before and when humankind is in even greater danger of destroying its existence without ever understanding the meaning of its existence.

Irrational Man begins by discussing the roots of existentialism in the art and thinking of Augustine, Aquinas, Pascal, Baudelaire, Blake, Dostoevski, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Picasso, Joyce, and Beckett. The heart of the book explains the views of the foremost existentialists—Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre. The result is a marvelously lucid definition of existentialism and a brilliant interpretation of its impact.

"The Present Age"
The Advent of Existentialismp. 3
The Encounter with Nothingnessp. 23
The Testimony of Modern Artp. 42
The Sources of Existentialism in the Western Tradition
Hebraism and Hellenismp. 69
Christian Sourcesp. 92
The Flight from Laputap. 120
The Existentialists
Kierkegaardp. 149
Nietzschep. 177
Heideggerp. 206
Sartrep. 239
Integral VS. Rational Man
The Place of the Furiesp. 267
Negation, Finitude, and the Nature of Manp. 283
Existence and Analytic Philosophersp. 295
Indexp. 307
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ISBN: 9780385031387
ISBN-10: 0385031386
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st June 1958
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 12.5  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1