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- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470436891
- ISBN-13: 978-0470436899
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Existentialism for Dummies
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Chris has always been interested in the Big Philosophical Questions that touch on the meaning of life. An associate professor of philosophy at Drury University in Springfield, MO, he regularly teaches courses such as Confucianism, Existentialism, Asian Ethics (as well as Western Ethics), Logic, 17th and 18th Century Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics and Epistemology, Free Will, the Self and Feminist Theory.
On the weekends, Chris takes a break from the Big Philosophical Questions and focuses on adventures in Italian Cuisine, particularly on artisan bread baking (the big questions make you hungry. you know).
You can find him blogging on Big Questions, Food, and Teaching at www.akuindeed.com - Hope to see you stop by!
Top Customer Reviews
First, you should know that Dr. Panza is one of the most popular (and challenging) professors at Drury University because he brings a deep passion to teaching. Students love him and his lectures have a crazy ability to stick with you years after leaving the classroom. The good news is that his teaching style translates well into the Dummies format, meaning that you've got a personal copy of the wonderful examples and anecdotes he used in the classroom.
I was skeptical about how well existentialism would fit into a Dummies book. I've used other books in the series on investing and a few other topics, and I've always been impressed with the authors and the presentation... but existentialism? Thankfully, this title continues the tradition of quality. It takes a complex subject and boils it down into a manageable -- and, more importantly for the topic, relevant -- format.
None of the Dummies books are comprehensive treatises on their subject, but they are concise and can act as a foundation for further study. No one will put this book down without a sharper understanding of what it means to be human.
Get this book if you're interested in a life that means something. Existentialism isn't pedantic philosophy, as this book shows... it's about living.
University of Chicago
Now that I understand this thinking, it's given me a lot more confidence in life.
I just finished Thus Spoke Zarathustra and could really understand what was being said.
I think this book even with the wacky title is a really important book written for the layman and those who don't have a chance to study with really good professors like Panza and Gale.
Thank you so much for writing it.
As for the Dr. who wrote that this book is disappointing and you should read Walter Kauffman, I read Kauffman before reading this, but there was a lot of points Kauffman made which I couldn't fully grasp. This book is great for starting at the ground level and then moving up. I can now understand some of the points Kauffman was making that I didn't understand before.
I was thus quite pleasantly surprised to discover this very fine "How To" book for dummies summarizing beautifully all one needs to know about my newly adopted philosophy, Existentialism. With what I already knew from sampling other readings, this book put all of the fragments of the puzzle in place, into one coherent framework. And for that I will forever be grateful to these authors.
What is Existentialism?
It is according to this book a philosophy that says essentially that the world in the raw is absurd. When the doctor spanks air into our lungs, we wail because we have come fearfully into a disordered, isolated, alienated, stress-producing, cold, dependent and basically neurotic and profoundly absurd world. It is absurd for the ten reasons outlined in this book and for so many others not mentioned, not the least of them being that the world is not teleological: that is, it has no purpose whatsoever. And once here, we flounder around purposelessly and aimlessly in darkness in search of light through meaning, and whether or not we find it, we then die.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I took two philosophy courses as an undergraduate. The "Logic" course was good but the instructor was nutty. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stanley
Introduced to this topic from a friend. This was laid out in a way that was easier to understand.Published 15 months ago by Lara Clem
I thought this book was great. Every chapter was good. When I was finished I felt that a lot a things just made a little more sense to me. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Existentialism for Dummies is a synopsis of the major trends in the literary aspects of existentialism. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Steven G W Reich Sitten
All you want to know. Easy to read, very well written and you are certainly not a dummie on existentialism anymore, when you have red this wonderfull book.Published on December 24, 2013 by T.J.J. Stok
Existentialism is not an easy subject to identify or explain, but these authors do a very good job. They don't bother with words that require a dictionary, and include just the... Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Richard Alverson
I've always been intrigued by existentialism and some films and novels made me even more thrilled to have a introduction to these ideas. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Enrique