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John Macquarrie's Existentialism is a first rate primer on both the concepts and history of this deep and diverse philosophy. Professor Macquarrie also compares existentialism with philosophies both past and present, thus giving the reader a proper perspective on its historical precedents and the many current varieties. Interestingly, Professor Macquarrie comes to the conclusion that existentialism is a style of philosophizing that transcends time and place rather than a monolithic, modern philosophy of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Here is a list of the chapters:
1. The Existential Style of Philosophizing
2. Existentialism and the History of Philosophy
3. The Idea of Existence
4. Existence and World
5. Existence and Others
6. Knowledge and Understanding
7. Thought and Language
10. Finitude and Guilt
11. In Quest of Authentic Existence
12. History and Society
13. Existentialist Metaphysics
14. Existentialist Influence in the Arts and Sciences
15. An Evaluation of Existentialism
In the last chapter, Professor Macquarrie does not shy away from a critique of the dangerous excesses of existential philosophizing while acknowledging that it has 'yielded many fresh and penetrating insights into the mystery of our own human existence, and has thereby contributed to the protection and enhancement of our humanity in the face of all that threatens it today.'
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