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The most interesting was Heidegger. Schopenhauer resented his own failure as a Privatdozent and the success of Fichte, Schelling, and particularly Hegel; and his positive intent was to obtain a hearing for his own philosophy which was developed in The World as Will and Idea. In view of this, it dostovesky be argued that the label “existentialism” ought to be abandoned altogether.

Heine’s self-consciousness is almost proverbial and at one time embarrassed romantic readers; but the strain in Heine is due largely to the tension between reverie and reason. Something that really struck me was the view that Existentialists have on authenticity and the truth. The religious existentialists have not played an important part in our story: But, you know, this is what is surprising: It only includes a small portion of Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus, so you might as well go and read the entire essay and get more out of it; however, the fact that he is included is absurd.

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Philosophy can never wish to be less than primordial, eternal philosophy itself. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


Fischer paraphrases difficult texts, and when they become too difficult he quotes. Nietzsche was an exception in both respects and insisted that the French understood him much better than the Germans.

The crucial difference between an informed and uninformed, a reasoned and kaufmahn, a responsible and irresponsible decision, escapes Kierkegaard. Does he force the reader to think, to share in a common enterprise with Hegel?

Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre

Though in certain circumstances these gentlemen bellow their loudest like bulls, though this, let us suppose, does them the greatest credit, yet, as Form have said already, confronted with the impossible they subside at once. And what is most humiliating of all, to blame for no fault of my own but, so to say, through the laws of nature.

Kaufmann directed my stumbling progress through these choppy waters. That being said, the stories Kaufmann chooses to highlight here are concerned more with a different existentialist idea, and one which is arguably even more central to Kafka’s writing and thought: That happened in my youth, though. But I see no justice in it, I find no sort of virtue in it either, and consequently if I attempt to revenge myself, it is only out of spite.

In life he was an appeasing coward at best, and at worst a sincere and vocal supporter of the Nazi party who never so much as hinted he might have been misled in the prosperous for him decades following the war. Share your thoughts with other customers.

Believe me, my brothers: When I read this book again, as I plan to do one day, I’ll read the foreword in pieces; each philosopher’s summary before each excerpt. Jaspers must be understood less as the heir of Nietzsche than as the antipode of Kuno Fischer. But set your minds at rest, gentlemen, I have not re-ceived a slap in the face, though it is absolutely a matter of indifference to me what you may think about it.


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When he prepares for any undertaking this gentleman immediately explains to you, elegantly and clearly, exactly how he must act in accordance with the laws of reason and truth. Jan 31, peiman-mir5 rezakhani rated it really liked it Shelves: There remains a final objection which concerns not only Sartre but Heidegger and Jaspers, too: Grom our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

This theme is elaborated further and without forbidding terminology wartre Sartre’s “Portrait of the Antisemite. Indeed, all the great philosophers said also, among other things, to use the words of Rilke: Appalled by the complacent Christianity which dominated his society, he broke his engagement to a woman he seems to have loved and devoted himself to a solitary life of writing and wandering the frkm of Copenhagen and meditating on questions of faith.

Perhaps it is very beautiful, in fact.