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  • Published: 1 July 2004
  • ISBN: 9780375759895
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • RRP: $29.99
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Mod Lib Basic Writings Of Existentialism


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The perfect choice for those who wonder what existentialism is all about.

Edited and with an Introduction by Gordon Marino

Basic Writings of Existentialism,
unique to the Modern Library, presents the writings of key nineteenth- and twentieth-century thinkers broadly united by their belief that because life has no inherent meaning humans can discover, we must determine meaning for ourselves. This anthology brings together into one volume the most influential and commonly taught works of existentialism. Contributors include Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ralph Ellison, Martin Heidegger, Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2004
  • ISBN: 9780375759895
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Gordon Marino

Gordon D. Marino earned his bachelor of arts from Columbia University, his masters degree in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, and his doctorate from the University of Chicago, Committee on Social Thought. Marino was research fellow at the Kierkegaard Biblioteket in Copenhagen for three years. He is co- editor of the CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO KIERKEGAARD and author of KIERKEGAARD IN THE PRESENT AGE (Marquette University Press). Marino's essays have appeared in the ATLANTIC Monthly, New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal and many other periodicals. He is currently Professor of Philosophy, the Boldt Distinguished Chair in the Humanities, Director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library, and assistant football coach, at St.Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.


Praise for Mod Lib Basic Writings Of Existentialism

“‘BASIC WRITINGS OF EXISTENTIALISM will be, for many, a reminder of what first drew them to existentialism and, simply, to philosophy. Marino's introductory essays, taut, instructive, well- tuned to the drumbeat of each thinker's passions and concerns, and the substantial selections from the foremost representatives of the movement, are a benediction. In defiance of Hegel's pronouncements, the thinkers included here introduce us to a philosophy in present tense, and preferably in the active voice. Readers new to existentialism have as reliable a guide as the subject matter permits. Those familiar with movement have an occasion for recollection and more.’ Vanessa Rumble, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Boston College”


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