Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre Selected and Introduced by Walter Kaufmann

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Walter Kaufman, 'Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre,' published by Meridian Books, Inc., this is the twelfth printing of April 1960. 

Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre is a 319 page paperback measuring 7 1/4" x 4 1/4".  There is writing inside the front cover and endpapers, and underlining throughout.  There's foxing (brown spots) located along the top edge and fore edge.  The condition is good to fair. 

Book Summary

What is Existentialism?  It is perhaps the most misunderstood of modern philosophic positions--misunderstood by reason of its broad popularity and general unfamiliarity with its origins, representatives, and principles.

Existential thinking does not original with Jean Paul Sartre.  It has prior religious, literary, and philosophic origins.  In its narrowest formulation it is a metaphysical doctrine, arguing as it does that any definition of man's essence most follow, not precede an estimation of his existence.  In Heidegger, it affords a view of Being in its totality; in Kierkegaard an approach to that inwardness indispensable to authentic religious experience; for Dostoevsky, Kafka, and Rilke the existential situation bears the stamp of modern man's alienation, uprootedness, and absurdity. 

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number:  56-10018