Existentialism

Existentialism❮Reading❯ ➶ Existentialism ➮ Author Thomas E. Wartenberg – Oaklandjobs.co.uk A lively introduction to this celebrated philosophical traditionExistentialism pervades modern culture, yet if you ask most people what it means, they won t be able to tell you In this lively and topi A lively introduction to this celebrated philosophical traditionExistentialism pervades modern culture, yet if you ask most people what it means, they won t be able to tell you In this lively and topical introduction, Wartenberg reveals a vibrant mode of philosophical inquiry that addresses concerns at the heart of the existence of every human being Wartenberg uses classic films, novels, and plays to present the ideas of now legendary Existentialist thinkers from Nietzsche and Camus to Sartre and Heidegger and to explore central concepts, including Freedom, Anxiety, and the Absurd Special attention is paid to the views of Simone de Beauvoir and Franz Fanon, who use the theories of Existentialism to address gender and colonial oppression. What a name Existentialism Too long for most people They d fall asleep after the second syllable Ex ist zzzz That s most people s reaction The existentialists like to make a big hoo hah about some pretty obvious stuff, but then they spend a lot of chatter in ignoring some obvious stuff about the obvious stuff if you get my drift So they say that people are not rocks or animals This is a point they make Well any child knows this And they say like this, rocks don t know they re rocks, an What a name Existentialism Too long for most people They d fall asleep after the second syllable Ex ist zzzz That s most people s reaction The existentialists like to make a big hoo hah about some pretty obvious stuff, but then they spend a lot of chatter in ignoring some obvious stuff about the obvious stuff if you get my drift So they say that people are not rocks or animals This is a point they make Well any child knows this And they say like this, rocks don t know they re rocks, animals likewise, but we know we are people And, like a rock cannot but fall when part of an avalanche, and a dog cannot but chase at the cat or ball However, we people do not have to do these things because we can stop and think nah, not today man This means we are free And, there swe people don t like to be free, it s like this dreadful burden It s what I m like on holiday I don t like working but at least in the office I know what I m supposed to be doing.Okay, the obvious things to say about this obvious stuff is that in theory we people are free to do stuff you can jack your tiresome job today, tell your boss you never liked his manners or his flappy jowls and just mooch on out of there Just like in American Beauty and umpteen other male mid life crisis movies But see unless you just wrote a hit book or top tune, you just have to go and get another job So you ain t free People life is cram full of dire necessities See here Chocoholics beware Existentialists will not accept your addiction to chocolate as an excuse you could have refrained from eating that delicious piece of chocolate cake if you had chosen to Why Because, as Sartre would put it, there was nothing in your nature as a consciousness that required you to be a cake eater.I note that they used chocolate and not crack cocaine here as an example Does Sartre deny the addictive properties of crack We ll never know as he was dead before it hit the streets Sartre seems to think that we people are never feeling genuine emotion because we are conscious of the motion of the emotion as soon as we get it and therefore too self conscious to get into it 100% In this also he is somewhat idiotic as he did not notice that many people are overwhelmed by emotion all the time and never stop to light a Gauloise and think about being overwhelmed To prove this all you have to do is watch the news or live with a 17 year old daughter or play Stay with me Baby by Lorraine Ellison She was really into the moment, there No Gauloise Existentialists like Heidegger liked to jazz their philosophy with cute phrases like everyone is the other and no one is himself and a for itself conscious is a no thing and they like to describe human society as a bunch of alienated inauthentic daseins confronting the they Well, I can get behind all that Every in crowd has its cool expressions, so no different here Descartes was very skeptical and said all you could be sure of was that you could think but Heidegger said no man, that s too cold There is many other people that are called daseins out there It s just you stay in your room and you don t see that Heidegger did not feel Descartes Chapter 5 is called finitude so this is concerning fish, which was an early Christian sign for God, as you see on the back of some cars which never crash In this chapter Leibniz s philosophy comes gliding into view, a foul barquentine bearing a smiley face flag Wartenburg, named most appositely after Hamlet s university, says Given the amount of pain and suffering that exists in our world, it is hard to accept Leibniz s claim that this is the best of all possible worlds.For real The philosopher Leibniz was some potato head, coming up with trash like that If it wasn t that the Christians of the 18th century were wanting some fast food justifications of God I can imagine Leibniz being given a broom and told to sweep the best of all possible streets for the rest of his working life If this book is a fair representation of Leibniz then his disrespect of humanity was so monumental it should have been a theme park would have dwarfed the Grand Canyon.Existentialists liked to get rid of God because that s like obvious but they took a step further and got rid of rational though Nah, they said, rational thought is just Vanilla God Camus said One must imagine Sisyphus is happy You know, the boulder guy Well, Sisyphus was not on holiday, so I can see that One thing I do like about these thinkers is that they thought that the other guys were completely wrong It was like, cool philosophy, Camus, but totally wrong Couldn t be wronger That was Thomas Nagel He thought scorn was not the way Camus promoted being scornful He said the boulder guy was happy, but scornful of Zeus It seems these existentialists were very keen to get the right attitude to life When you buy your groceries you should realize the absurdity of this act, but take it seriously, and be scornful of Zeus, and not believe in God or rational thought, and that groceries are Kafkaesque I regret that none of these existential philosophers lived long enough to take part in a reality tv show That would have been a hoot The Sartres Thinking with the Stars Strictly Come Beckett I like that the existentialists think that you should live an authentic life by doing what you want to do and stuff everyone else This is good when it comes to Joe Strummer dropping out of Eton to form The Clash but not so good when it comes to Jeffrey Dahmer He was an authentic guy but the results were challenging Sometimes it seems that this school of philosophy boils down to saying well kid, there are no hard and fast rules to life, you just have to figure it out yourself But that doesn t make my dad an existentialist He wouldn t have known a dasein from an inauthentic They Like tonight, she was in despair about her maths revision, I mean like despair, but then I said my friend at work can download the new series of Glee, which you cannot see in Britain for some unknown reason, and that made her authentically happy It is an excellent introduction to existentialism and related philosophers A nice book to begin with if you are interested in existentialism.To me, it isthan a school of philosophy As the author has put it, it stimulates us to reflect on our existence and take advantage of the freedom we possess to make a different for our life The book closes with the following the Existentialists hope is to provide us with the intellectual tools that afford us the possibility of constructing mea It is an excellent introduction to existentialism and related philosophers A nice book to begin with if you are interested in existentialism.To me, it isthan a school of philosophy As the author has put it, it stimulates us to reflect on our existence and take advantage of the freedom we possess to make a different for our life The book closes with the following the Existentialists hope is to provide us with the intellectual tools that afford us the possibility of constructing meaningful lives for ourselves not by fulfilling some pre ordained purpose, but by creating ourselves as beings who, in touch with the deepest possibilities of human existence, have realised those possibilities in our own unique and individual ways Nothing wasimportant to the Existentialists than getting human beings to takeadvantage of the freedom they possess All too often, we tend to act as if our options for living are highly circumscribed And, of course, sometimes they really are But many times, we are our own worst enemies, at least in terms of accepting limitations on our hopes and aspirations that no one else has actually imposed on us The fundamental message that the Existentialists hoped to deliver to us is that we have manyoptions for living our lives than we typically acknowledge, that we have the ability to be muchthan we typically choose to be In making their case, the Existentialists sought to us out of the ruts into which our lives so often fall, if for no other reason than the security those well worn paths appear to offer But the Existentialists ask us not to be satisfied with taking the easy route, urging us instead to confront our fears and opt for those less travelled paths we may have to hew for ourselves After all, this is the one shot you have at life Why not live it as an Existentialist While this is in no way a comprehensive survey into all things existential it is a solid and serviceable introduction into this dynamic and fresh branch of philosophy I was amazed by how much resonance I felt between the Buddhist concept of emptiness and the existential idea of nothingness or aphorism about existence preceding essence Recommended. A decent overview of the philosophy of Existentialism It s very well organized, and well articulated It reaches into the roots of Existentialism, thereby also making this somewhat an overview of Western philosophy in general It also provides one page biographies of all the Existential figureheads and several people who inspired them.This book makes a decent case for Existentialism, particularly why it isn t the negative philosophy it has the reputation for being This was actually the only th A decent overview of the philosophy of Existentialism It s very well organized, and well articulated It reaches into the roots of Existentialism, thereby also making this somewhat an overview of Western philosophy in general It also provides one page biographies of all the Existential figureheads and several people who inspired them.This book makes a decent case for Existentialism, particularly why it isn t the negative philosophy it has the reputation for being This was actually the only thing about this book that bugged me The author drinks the Existentialist Kool aid Even at the end, when he said he would finally take the opportunity to criticize Existentialism, he doesn t.Existentialism, and Western philosophy in general, is full of so many glaring, unquestioned assumptions, that I m astonished anyone accepts them so blindly Take, for example, human beings as the sole nihilating species, the only one capable of noticing the lack of something I wonder if anyone who accept this claim is a pet owner My cats definitely notice when I m gone Or, all the talk of the authentic self, which assumes there even is inherently such a thing as a separate self.That said, I do love Existentialism s devotion to authenticity and non conformity, and the boldness to state flat out that life is meaningless, and that this gives us the freedom to find our own meaning Great beginner s guide to Existentialism Wartenberg refers to popular culture Stranger than Fiction, The Matrix to supplement the reader s understanding I m basically using his text as a primer for my AP class introduction to Existentialism. Thomas E Wartenberg s overview of his book Existentialism is excellent, well thought out, and precise when talking about the basics of this extensive topic This book is perfect for those who know little to nothing about Existentialism and would love to learn the basics of absurdity, nothingness, and different concepts of existence Since I didn t really know much to start out reading, I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it easy to understand It was very thought provoking and its relevance to ou Thomas E Wartenberg s overview of his book Existentialism is excellent, well thought out, and precise when talking about the basics of this extensive topic This book is perfect for those who know little to nothing about Existentialism and would love to learn the basics of absurdity, nothingness, and different concepts of existence Since I didn t really know much to start out reading, I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it easy to understand It was very thought provoking and its relevance to our daily lives is immense It should make you question as it did with me the ideas of existence and how you can see life in many different ways and perspectives The author writes very professionally and is able to represent both sides of many philosophical ideas with little to no bias on his perspective of it His philosophical discussion on the idea of freedom was something that struck me and made me really consider, are we really free Or is our life laid out in front of us already Do we have any control Also, the author is able to describe these massive conceptual topics in a very explicit, easily understood way Many students would be able to pick up this guide and understand what the author was describing because of his strong writing skills This is an excellent guide that many would enjoy, especially if you want to learnabout the philosophical concepts of life A great introduction book and guide.It s not fast food approach to Existentialism with biases. Really accessible introduction I found this book to be very helpful in understanding some of thecomplicated aspects of Existentialism Although a few concepts such as nothingness and the relationship between the in itself and for itself are not as thoroughly explained as I would have liked, I have come away with a better understanding of what constitutes Existential philosophy There were several places in the book where the author impressed me with his fairness in handling philosophical ideas that he does not hol I found this book to be very helpful in understanding some of thecomplicated aspects of Existentialism Although a few concepts such as nothingness and the relationship between the in itself and for itself are not as thoroughly explained as I would have liked, I have come away with a better understanding of what constitutes Existential philosophy There were several places in the book where the author impressed me with his fairness in handling philosophical ideas that he does not hold, but there were also places where I felt that he was unfair with other positions Nonetheless, learning about Existentialism from the perspective of a self proclaimed or somewhatthere is that problem of joining the They of Existentialists Existentialist has provided apure understanding of the philosophy of existence Although I have many primary sources on my list to further my understanding, Wartenberg s text has been helpful in setting a framework for further study As indicated by the tile, it s a book for the general public who are interested in existentialism and its influence to our society as well as the inspirations we can draw from their thoughts.It s a nice beach reading with a booklist if you are interest in further exploratioin into this subject.

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  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • Existentialism
  • Thomas E. Wartenberg
  • English
  • 12 September 2017
  • 1851685936