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References and further reading

  • Blackham, H.J. (1952) Six Existentialist Thinkers, New York: Harper Torchbooks, 2nd edn, 1959.

    (Dependable introductions to Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Jaspers, Marcel, Heidegger and Sartre.)

  • Camus, A. (1942a) Le Mythe de Sisyphe, trans. J. O’Brien in The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays, New York: Knopf, 1955.

    (A classic account of the ‘absurdity’ of everyday life.)

  • Camus, A. (1942b) L’Etranger (The Stranger), trans. S. Gilbert, New York: Knopf, 1973.

    (Description of the kind of ‘gratuitous act’ discussed in §7 above.)

  • Cooper, D.E. (1990) Existentialism: A Reconstruction, Oxford: Blackwell.

    (An up-to-date and thorough survey of existentialist thought. Helpful bibliography.)

  • Dilman, İ. (1993) Existentialist Critiques of Cartesianism, Lanham, MD: Barnes & Noble Books.

    (Clear and interesting account of how existentialism criticizes ideas inherited from Descartes; focuses primarily on Sartre and Marcel.)

  • Golomb, J. (1995) In Search of Authenticity: From Kierkegaard to Camus, London: Routledge.

    (Clearly written survey of existentialist conceptions of authenticity.)

  • Guignon, C. and Pereboom, D. (1995) Existentialism: Basic Writings, Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing Company.

    (Core texts by Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Sartre, with extensive introductions by the editors.)

  • Heidegger, M. (1927) Sein und Zeit (Being and Time), trans. J. Macquarrie and E. Robinson, New York: Harper & Row, 1962.

    (A seminal work: the first systematic presentation of such existentialist themes as death, guilt, conscience, authenticity and being-in-the-world.)

  • Jonas, H. (1966) ‘‘Gnosticism, Existentialism and Nihilism’, in The Phenomenon of Life, New York: Harper & Row.

    (Interesting criticisms of existentialism and especially of Heidegger.)

  • Kierkegaard, S. (1843a) Enten-eller (Either/Or), trans. H.V. Kong and E.H. Kong, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Presss, 1987.

    (Develops the idea of different ‘spheres of existence’ in which humans live.)

  • Kierkegaard, S. (1843b) Frygt og Baeven, trans W. Lowrie in Fear and Trembling and The Sickness Unto Death, Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1954.

    (Kierkegaard’s poetic evocation of the ‘Knight of Faith’.)

  • Kruks, S. (1990) Situation and Human Existence: Freedom, Subjectivity and Society, London: Unwin Hyman.

    (Excellent study of the relevance of French existentialist thought to current postmodern developments. Covers Marcel, Sartre, Beauvoir and Merleau-Ponty.)

  • Macquarrie, J. (1972) Existentialism, Philadelphia, PA: Westminster.

    (A dependable and clear survey of existentialist thought. Extensive bibliography listing older works on existentialism.)

  • Mc Bride, W.L. (1997) Sartre and Existentialism: Philosophy, Politics, Ethics, The Psyche, Literature, and Aesthetics, New York: Garland, 8 vols.

    (Collections of classic essays in English on existentialism, with volumes on its background and development.)

  • May, R., Angel, E. and Ellenberger, H.F. (1958) Existence: A New Dimension in Psychiatry and Psychology, New York: Basic Books.

    (Collection of classic readings in existential psychoanalysis.)

  • Nietzsche, F. (1892) Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zarathustra), trans. W. Kaufman in The Portable Nietzsche, New York: Viking, 1954.

    (Nietzsche’s vision of the Übermensch or ‘superman’.)

  • Sartre, J.-P. (1943) L’Être et le Néant: Essai d’ontologie phénoménologique (Being and Nothingness: An Essay on Phenomenological Ontology), trans. H.E. Barnes, New York: Philosophical Library, 1956.

    (The most representative work of the existentialist tradition.)

  • Sartre, J.-P. (1946) L’Existentialisme est un humanisme, trans. B. Frechtman as Existentialism, New York: Philosophical Library, 1946.

    (Influential, brief statement of Sartre’s existentialist views.)

  • Schrag, C.O. (1961) Existence and Freedom: Towards an Ontology of Human Finitude, Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press.

    (A classic synthesis of different existentialist philosophers and themes.)

  • Solomon, R.C. (1972) From Rationalism to Existentialism: The Existentialists and Their Nineteenth-Century Backgrounds, New York: Harper & Row.

    (The best account of existentialism in its historical context.)

  • Wahl, J. (1969) Philosophies of Existence: An Introduction to the Basic Thought of Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Jaspers, Marcel, and Sartre, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

    (Difficult but trustworthy introduction by a respected French scholar.)

  • Warnock, M. (1970) Existentialism, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    (Clear exposition of the basic concepts.)

  • Yalom, I.D. (1980) Existential Psychotherapy, New York: Basic Books.

    (Well written and insightful study of existentialist themes and their relevance to psychotherapy.)

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