Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre
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The thing that irked me most about this anthology was Kaufmann's highly questionable selections.The included pieces by Dostoevsky and Kafka, while fine pieces of literature, are hardly characteristic of existentialism, whatever it may be.I fear for the young mind who considers Notes From the Underground in the same way as The Myth of Sisyphus.Sisyphus is a classic manifesto on how to create joy and self- EPUBperpetuation in a cruel world; download; Notes is a fictional memoir full of the deranged ramblings of a crazy fucker.Kaufmann does not distinguish this difference. Dangerous, as this is presented to be a primer of the most fundamental sort.
Kaufmann's lack of editorial focus is evident from the introduction.Never once does he define what existentialism is.He speaks in terms of "essence" and informs the reader what existentialism is not, but seems unable to offer an even rudimentary definition.While it's not an easy task, (scholars have argued about the basic concepts of existentialism for years), a primer without a clear idea of what the subject matter is doesn't serve much use.
Personally, I would have placed The Allegory of the Cave right after the introduction, because, between all of the authors in this anthology, it is a basic point of agreement.Instead, Kaufmann seems to say "Pretty cool ideas, right?I can't really make heads or tails of em, but maybe you can.I dunno." Like this book? Read online this: Dictionary of Existentialism, Works of Fyodor Dostoevsky.
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