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  • Suzanne
    Hello everybody, I am just starting to explore existentialism and as the current subject under discussion seems to be books can anyone recommend a good
    Message 1 of 7 , Jan 7, 2001
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      Hello everybody,

      I am just starting to explore existentialism and as the current subject
      under discussion seems to be books can anyone recommend a good introductory
      text.

      Another subject of interest to me is humanism. is there anyone on this list
      that is a student of both these subjects?

      Any thoughts gratefully received!

      Regards,
      Suzanne
    • Gareb20@aol.com
      Hey Suzanne: There are tons of Existential introductory texts out there, most of them are good, although I really didn t read much of them, other than go to my
      Message 2 of 7 , Jan 7, 2001
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        Hey Suzanne:

        There are tons of Existential introductory texts out there, most of them are
        good, although I really didn't read much of them, other than go to my local
        library and pick up an introductory book to get me started. Literature wise,
        I think Camus' The Stranger is a real good starting point for anybody who is
        into Existentialism. The novel is real short and real easy to read. If you
        have a good introduction to Existentialism then you should get most fo the
        symbolism in the novel.

        As for humanism, I have recently read a book by Howard Zinn called You can't
        be nuetral on a moving train, great book about the civil rights movement in
        this country and the protest against Vietnam. Although Zinn is not an
        Existentialist, he is a leftist radical who is deeply involved with the
        Socialist movement for equal rights.

        Hope this helps.

        Lou
      • Anthony Wetherington
        ... Hello.... It is only my opinion, but, the best introductory text for existentialist study would be Sartre s Being and Nothingness ... Again, only my
        Message 3 of 7 , Jan 8, 2001
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          >From: "Suzanne" <suzanne@...>
          >Reply-To: existlist@egroups.com
          >To: <existlist@egroups.com>
          >Subject: [existlist] Information request
          >Date: Sun, 7 Jan 2001 16:37:46 -0000
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          >Hello everybody,
          >
          >I am just starting to explore existentialism and as the current subject
          >under discussion seems to be books can anyone recommend a good introductory
          >text.
          >
          >Another subject of interest to me is humanism. is there anyone on this list
          >that is a student of both these subjects?
          >
          >Any thoughts gratefully received!
          >
          >Regards,
          >Suzanne
          >




          Hello....
          It is only my opinion, but, the best introductory text for existentialist
          study would be Sartre's 'Being and Nothingness'...
          Again, only my opinion... I could be wrong.

          Tony
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        • Gareb20@aol.com
          Hey Suzanne: There are tons of Existential introductory texts out there, most of them are good, although I really didn t read much of them, other than go to my
          Message 4 of 7 , Jan 8, 2001
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            Hey Suzanne:

            There are tons of Existential introductory texts out there, most of them are
            good, although I really didn't read much of them, other than go to my local
            library and pick up an introductory book to get me started. Literature wise,
            I think Camus' The Stranger is a real good starting point for anybody who is
            into Existentialism. The novel is real short and real easy to read. If you
            have a good introduction to Existentialism then you should get most fo the
            symbolism in the novel.

            As for humanism, I have recently read a book by Howard Zinn called You can't
            be nuetral on a moving train, great book about the civil rights movement in
            this country and the protest against Vietnam. Although Zinn is not an
            Existentialist, he is a leftist radical who is deeply involved with the
            Socialist movement for equal rights.

            Hope this helps.

            Lou
          • Laurence Cooper
            ... I m sure it s very good but is it not a bit long? I was looking for a good introductory text and I considered Being and Nothingness but chose instead
            Message 5 of 7 , Jan 9, 2001
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              >
              >
              >Hello....
              > It is only my opinion, but, the best introductory text for
              >existentialist
              >study would be Sartre's 'Being and Nothingness'...
              >Again, only my opinion... I could be wrong.
              >
              > Tony
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              I'm sure it's very good but is it not a bit long? I was looking for a good
              introductory text and I considered Being and Nothingness but chose instead
              Sartres 'Essays on Existentialism' the first of which, the humanism of
              existentialism, i enjoyed particularly.

              Laurence

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            • Laurence Cooper
              I guess I should have said particularly enjoyed , but you know what I mean. ... _________________________________________________________________________ Get
              Message 6 of 7 , Jan 9, 2001
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                I guess I should have said 'particularly enjoyed', but you know what I mean.
                :)

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              • m k
                I would agree that Beng and Nothingness is an excellent work. Also, I would recommend to anyone to read Either/Or By Kierkergaard. Marlene ...
                Message 7 of 7 , Jan 9, 2001
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                  I would agree that "Beng and Nothingness" is an excellent work. Also, I
                  would recommend to anyone to read "Either/Or" By Kierkergaard.

                  Marlene

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                  > >Hello....
                  > > It is only my opinion, but, the best introductory text for
                  > >existentialist
                  > >study would be Sartre's 'Being and Nothingness'...
                  > >Again, only my opinion... I could be wrong.
                  > >
                  > > Tony
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                  >
                  >
                  >I'm sure it's very good but is it not a bit long? I was looking for a good
                  >introductory text and I considered Being and Nothingness but chose instead
                  >Sartres 'Essays on Existentialism' the first of which, the humanism of
                  >existentialism, i enjoyed particularly.
                  >
                  >Laurence
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