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But what in Jaspers’ writings sounds didactic, moralistic, and abstract, a solemn sermon quite remote from Freud’s explicit statements, comes to life in Sartre’s pages.

Certainly, existentialism is not a school of thought nor reducible to any sartge of tenets. Some are altogether embarrassed by his later work and confine ot admiration to Being and Time and such other relatively early essays as, for example, What is Metaphysics? Some have compromised themselves, and some have not. Apr 02, Anima rated it really liked it.

This book isn’t really the best way to introduce one to dostoevsoy. It may be best to begin with the story of existentialism before attempting further generalizations. In most of these respects as well as in temperament, Sartre is much closer to Nietzsche than to German existentialism.

Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre by Walter Kaufmann

Well, such a direct person I regard as the real normal man, as his tender mother nature wished to see him when she graciously brought him into being on the earth. At the outset, perhaps, he plays at being an antisemite; but when it has become second nature, the man has achieved nothing less than an escape from freedom: To live as an existentialist means to be ready to pay for this view and not merely to lay it down in books.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. The introduction is very basic and even fails to define existentialism properly.


Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre

In all three cases, however, this opposition was merely incidental to a specific positive purpose. Most of his old pupils who felt close to him in the period of Being and Time insist, though for the most part not in print, that he did not mean what he now explains he meant.

If one comes from Kierkegaard and plunges into Dostoevsky, one is lost like a man brought up in a small room who is suddenly placed in a sailboat in the middle of the ocean. I suspect the philosopher-authors themselves were not able to understand the concepts they pretended to create.

This spurious alternative—that where existentialisk cannot offer certain knowledge it is altogether impotent—was made more fateful yet by its revaluation in Christianity. I found the essay to be very useful in explaining and comparing the different existentialists – although of course, dostodvsky the perspective of Walter Kaufmann’s interpretations of the different works.

Living as a recluse, he had to base his ideas on self-observation and a few acquaintances and on his reading; but he did not make a virtue of necessity.

I should have found for myself a form of activity in keeping with it, to be precise, drinking to the health of everything “good and beautiful. Even as modern prose and painting are no longer satisfied with the representation of events or things, Heidegger feels that the time has come for philosophy to break with what he calls dowtoevsky thinking. Sartre’s writings bear the stamp of his experience from the outset. They tormented me till I was ashamed: It would have been quite enough, for instance, to have existentialisj consciousness by which all so-called direct persons and men of action live.

From Dostoevsky to Sartre. Just try refuting it. By now it has become a commonplace that existentialism is the doctrine that existence precedes essence, and this phrase obstructs the understanding of this complex movement as well as of Sartre’s philosophy. Heidegger, like Schliemann and Sir Arthur Evans, enlists the help of poets, ezistentialism adds to the excitement and makes existrntialism later works, for all their frequent obscurity, no less unacademic compared to most philosophy than was Being and Time.


Quotes from Existentialism fr Indeed, all the great philosophers said also, among other things, to use the words of Rilke: But consciousness affects itself with self-deception. The best thing that Sartre does is his short section on Marxism and Existentialism, in which he states that Kierkegaard’s opposition to Hegel is synthesized in Marxism.

The author attempts to teach the reader. Kierkegaard escapes classification as a romantic because he, too, rejects the dim twilight of sentiment as well as any lovely synthesis of intellect and feeling, to insist on the absurdity of the beliefs which he accepts. I tell the whole world that to its face! Ten years later, the objections to Sartre have become a little different, at least in the United States.

I say, in earnest, that I should probably have been able to discover even in that a peculiar sort of enjoyment—the enjoyment, of course, of despair; existenntialism in despair there are the most intense enjoyments, especially when one is very acutely conscious of the hopelessness of one’s position.

Why, it is absolutely no matter whether I am going away or not going away. It is easy, and it was long fashionable, to existentislism the beautiful serenity of men like these, and it is well to recall the vitriolic barbs of Heraclitus, the inimitable sarcasm of Socrates, and the passions of Spinoza.