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Best Existentialism Books You Must Read

Our list of some of the best Existentialism books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Existentialism (2004)

Best Existentialism Books You Must ReadExistentialism, 2/e, offers an exceptional and accessible introduction to the richness and diversity of existentialist thought. Retaining the focus of the highly successful first edition, the second edition provides extensive material on the “big four” existentialists–Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre–while also including selections from twenty-four other authors. Giving readers a sense of the variety of existentialist thought around the world, this edition also adds new readings by such figures as Luis Borges, Viktor Frankl, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Keiji Nishitani, and Rainer Maria Rilke. Existentialism, 2/e, also features: *…
Author(s): Robert C. Solomon

2. Basic Writings of Existentialism (Modern Library Classics) (2004)

Best Existentialism Books You Must ReadBasic Writings of Existentialism, unique to the Modern Library, presents the writings of key nineteenth- and twentieth-century thinkers broadly united by their belief that because life has no inherent meaning humans can discover, we must determine meaning for ourselves. This anthology brings together into one volume the most influential and commonly taught works of existentialism. Contributors include Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ralph Ellison, Martin Heidegger, Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo….
Author(s): Gordon Marino

3. Existentialism Is a Humanism (2007)

Best Existentialism Books You Must ReadIt was to correct common misconceptions about his thought that Jean-Paul Sartre, the most dominent European intellectual of the post-World War II decades, accepted an invitation to speak on October 29, 1945, at the Club Maintenant in Paris. The unstated objective of his lecture (“Existentialism Is a Humanism”) was to expound his philosophy as a form of “existentialism,” a term much bandied about at the time. Sartre asserted that existentialism was essentially a doctrine for philosophers, though, ironically, he was about to make it accessible to a…
Author(s): Jean-Paul Sartre , Carol Macomber, et al.

4. Existentialism: An Introduction (2014)

Best Existentialism Books You Must ReadExistentialism: An Introduction provides an accessible and scholarly introduction to the core ideas of the existentialist tradition. Kevin Aho draws on a wide range of existentialist thinkers in chapters centering on the key themes of freedom, being-in-the-world, alienation, nihilism, anxiety and authenticity. He also addresses important but often overlooked issues in the canon of existentialism, with discussions devoted to the role of embodiment, the movement’s contribution to ethics, politics, and environmental and comparative philosophies, as well as its…
Author(s): Kevin Aho

5. The Cambridge Companion to Existentialism (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy) (2012)

Best Existentialism Books You Must ReadExistentialism exerts a continuing fascination on students of philosophy and general readers. As a philosophical phenomenon, though, it is often poorly understood, as a form of radical subjectivism that turns its back on reason and argumentation and possesses all the liabilities of philosophical idealism but without any idealistic conceptual clarity. In this volume of original essays, the first to be devoted exclusively to existentialism in over forty years, a team of distinguished commentators discuss the ideas of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty…
Author(s): Steven Crowell

6. Existentialism: Basic Writings (Second Edition) (2001)

Best Existentialism Books You Must Read"An invaluable source for undergraduate courses in continental philosophy." –Giovanna Borradori, Vassar College…
Author(s): Charles Guignon, Derk Pereboom

7. Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre, Revised and Expanded Edition (1975)

Best Existentialism Books You Must ReadExistentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre provides basic writings of Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Rilke, Kafka, Ortega, Jaspers, Heidegger, Sartre, and Camus, including some not previously translated, along with an invaluable introductory essay by Walter Kaufmann….
Author(s): Walter Kaufmann

8. At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others (2017)

Best Existentialism Books You Must ReadParis, 1933: three contemporaries meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are the young Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and longtime friend Raymond Aron, a fellow philosopher who raves to them about a new conceptual framework from Berlin called Phenomenology. “You see,” he says, “if you are a phenomenologist you can talk about this cocktail and make philosophy out of it!”     It was this simple phrase that would ignite a movement, inspiring Sartre to integrate Phenomenology into his own French, humanistic sensibility,…
Author(s): Sarah Bakewell

9. Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction (2006)

Best Existentialism Books You Must ReadOne of the leading philosophical movements of the twentieth century, existentialism has had more impact on literature and the arts than any other school of thought. Focusing on the leading figures of existentialism, including Sartre, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, de Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty, and Camus, Thomas Flynn offers a concise account of existentialism, explaining the key themes of individuality, free will, and personal responsibility, which marked the movement as a way of life, not just a way of thinking.Flynn sets the philosophy of existentialism in context, from the early phenomenologists, to its rise in the 40’s…
Author(s): Thomas Flynn

10. Existentialism: A Beginner’s Guide (Beginner’s Guides) (2008)

Best Existentialism Books You Must ReadExistentialism 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…
Author(s): Thomas E. Wartenberg

11. Existentialism For Dummies (2008)

Best Existentialism Books You Must ReadHave you ever wondered what the phrase “God is dead” means? You’ll find out in Existentialism For Dummies, a handy guide to Nietzsche, Sartre, and Kierkegaard’s favorite philosophy. See how existentialist ideas have influenced everything from film and literature to world events and discover whether or not existentialism is still relevant today. You’ll find an introduction to existentialism and understand how it fits into the history of philosophy. This insightful guide will expose you to existentialism’s ideas about the absurdity of life and the ways that existentialism guides politics,…
Author(s): Christopher Panza, Gregory Gale

12. Existentialism and Romantic Love (2015)

Best Existentialism Books You Must ReadThis book is an existential study of romantic loving. It draws on five existential philosophers to offer insights into what is wrong with our everyday ideas about romantic loving, why reality often falls short of the ideal, sources of frustrations and disappointments, and possibilities for creating authentically meaningful relationships….
Author(s): S. Cleary

13. Existentialism For Beginners (2008)

Best Existentialism Books You Must ReadExistentialism For Beginners is an entertaining romp through the history of a philosophical movement that has had a broad and enduring influence on Western culture. From the middle of the Nineteenth Century through the late Twentieth Century, existentialism informed our politics and art, and still exerts its influence today. Tracing the movement’s beginnings with close-up views of seminal figures like Kierkegaard, Dostoyevsky and Nietzsche, Existentialism For Beginners follows its intellectual and literary trail to German philosophers Jaspers and Heidegger, and…
Author(s): David Cogswell, Joe Lee

Best Existentialism Books You Must Read

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Evolutionary Metaphors: UFOs, New Existentialism and the Future Paradigm

Author(s): David J. Moore
Publisher: 6th Books, Year: 31 May 2019, Size: 596 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2402707

The Philosophy of Sartre, Volume 7 Existentialism

Author(s): Mary Warnock
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2019, Size: 14 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2365565

No Exit: Arab Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Decolonization

Author(s): Yoav Di-Capua
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2219373

Neo-existentialism - How to conceive of the Human Mind after Naturalism’s Failure

Author(s): Markus Gabriel
Publisher: Polity, Year: 2018, Size: 280 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2352721

Rethinking Existentialism

Author(s): Jonathan Webber
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2370867

Existentialism and Education: An Introduction to Otto Friedrich Bollnow

Author(s): Ralf Koerrenz , Norm Friesen (eds.)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2017, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1698327

Dada and Existentialism: The Authenticity of Ambiguity

Author(s): Elizabeth Benjamin
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2016, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1582774

Contingency and commitment : Mexican existentialism and the place of philosophy

Author(s): Carlos Alberto Sánchez
Publisher: SUNY Press, Year: 2016, Size: 890 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 1616570

Existentialism From Dostoevsky to Sartre

Author(s): Walter Kaufmann
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing, Year: 2016, Size: 429 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 1681073

Horizons of Authenticity in Phenomenology, Existentialism, and Moral Psychology: Essays in Honor of Charles Guignon

Author(s): Hans Pedersen, Megan Altman (eds.)
Publisher: Springer Netherlands, Year: 2015, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1314793

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely hot items according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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