KAUFMANN EXISTENTIALISM FROM DOSTOEVSKY TO SARTRE PDF

Max Scheler, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Albert Camus, among others, have admitted that the works of Dostoevsky had an influence on the manner in which they learned to conceive of human nature and the world in which humans live. Our aim in this dissertation is to ask: what is there in the novels of Dostoevsky concerning the nature of man, of which certain philosophers could claim that in their philosophical conceptions of man they were positively influenced by him? These novels were chosen partly because I have come to the conclusion that these novels, more than others, concretely show in what sense the leading characters appear to have made themselves be what they had freely chosen to be under the circumstances in which they had to live, and that they were fully aware of the responsibility they had to bear for the implications and consequences of what they had thus decided. Based upon a close reading, four interpretive chapters employ the most significant criticism from English, Russian and French literary scholarship. Man strives to overcome himself and to exceed his freedom but in so doing invariably loses it.

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Kir Found this book on a bookshelf in high school. But I was not equal even to that. No, individuality is not re-touched, idealized, or holy; it is wretched and revolting, and yet, for all its misery, the highest good. The phenomenon of self-deception and the attempt to gain clarity about oneself are intensely experienced. Great book, great selections from existentialist philosophers.

Now, are not you fancying, gentlemen. Jun 30, Alex Obrigewitsch rated it liked it. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

The First Existentialist 1. Here is some-thing real and solid! But really Sartre was a kind of anti-Heidegger, in the same way that Nietzsche was the anti-Kierkegaard. Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre : Books They have availed themselves of a specifically modern language to remind us of what their diverse religions have always said.

So, if you want to read Jaspers, you may want to focus solely on his work. Fischer paraphrases difficult texts, and when they become too difficult he quotes. In both cases the late philosophy has esoteric, if not mystic, touches and is supported by the most tremendous sense of a historic mission. Philosophers in particular were, Nietzsche claimed, too often motivated by the wish to justify the moral prejudices of society.

Therefore, it is well exisentialism keep in mind that perhaps the most compassionate and venerable of all mortals, the Buddha, also made a point of his lack of belief, and for essentially the same reason as Sartre. Kaufmann does not distinguish this difference. What, if anything, is existentialism, and why is it still so alluring for so many despite its apparent lack of coherence and the reservations of even its most essential contributors?

And what is most humiliating of all, to blame for no fault of my own but, so to say, through the laws of nature. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre Here another similarity to Nietzsche may be noted. All my life I have had an impulse to play such pranks, so that in the end I could not control it in myself. Pun intended, he is an Absurdist which existentialims gets confused with Existentialism.

Why, the whole point, the real sting of it lay in the fact that continually, even in the moment of the acutest spleen, I was inwardly conscious with shame that I was not only not a spiteful but not even an embittered man, that I was simply scaring sparrows at random and amusing myself by it. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? You laugh; laugh away, gentlemen, but only answer me: This is rather unfortunate because it is after all only an occasional lecture which, though brilliant and vivid in places and unquestionably worthy of attention, bears the stamp of the moment.

I am a spiteful man. I suspect the philosopher-authors themselve About one quarter of these essays, articles, stories, and academic papers are able to be read.

Kaufmann argument is this; what if anything ties the movement of Existentialism together is an admirable -if sometimes fanatically isolating- insistence that philosophy be focused on individual authenticity in our everyday lives and relationships. The worst of it is, look at it which way one will, it still turns out that I was always the most to blame in everything. He was an incarnate challenge to their way of life and thinking, an exemplary personality, the embodiment of a new ethic.

Not, however, what he may wish fom be. I was conscious every moment in myself of many, very many elements absolutely opposite to that. With inimitable vigor and finesse the major themes are stated here that we can recognize when reading all the other so-called existentialists from Kierkegaard to Camus. Concepts all too often were inchoate. Most 10 Related.

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Seriously, Kaufmann tells us on the first page that "[e]xistentialism is not a philosophy but a label for several widely different revolts against traditional philosophy. The three writers who appear invariably on every list of "existentialists"—Jaspers, Heidegger, and Sartre—are not in agreement on essentials. Such alleged precursors as Pascal and Kierkegaard differed from all three men by being dedicated Christians. If, as is often done, Nietzsche and Dostoevsky are included in the fold, we must make room for an impassioned anti-Christian and an even more fanatical Greek-Orthodox Russian imperialist. By the time we consider adding Rilke, Kafka, and Camus, it becomes plain that one essential feature shared by all these men is their perfervid individualism.

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Kir Found this book on a bookshelf in high school. But I was not equal even to that. No, individuality is not re-touched, idealized, or holy; it is wretched and revolting, and yet, for all its misery, the highest good. The phenomenon of self-deception and the attempt to gain clarity about oneself are intensely experienced. Great book, great selections from existentialist philosophers. Now, are not you fancying, gentlemen. Jun 30, Alex Obrigewitsch rated it liked it.

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