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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT INTRODUCTION TO THIS/THESE SCHOOL(S) OF THOUGHT
Couldn't agree less with the other reviewer. Hence, the five-star rating. As an area of thought that had always interested me but had yet to be looked at in any depth, I found this book a great - as it says on the tin - introduction to the area. Yes, you can't just skim through it in a couple of hours and know enough to hold your own in a brief existentialist chit-chat...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Give this one a miss ...
I'm afraid that I, for one, was deeply disappointed with this offering from the frequently excellent "Very Short Introduction" series, and now bitterly regret buying it. The style of writing is suffocatingly dense, leaden and dreary: the history of existentialism and existentialist thought itself makes for a fascinating story in the right hands. These are not the right...
Published on 20 Oct 2007 by S. J. Payne


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3.0 out of 5 stars Flynn's introduction to existentialism, 20 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
The 'very short introduction' series is an authoritative and generally great range for those coming into a subject or, otherwise, those who wish for a brief overview. This is the main strength of the series and it lends itself well to the general concepts of certain subjects.
This, however, was not the case with Flynn's introduction to existentialism. Whilst it presented a short introduction to existentialism, it was rather disengaging and by the last chapter it seems more of a fight to the end than an enjoyable introduction. It could alternatively be said that this is a problem with the subject itself, the confounding nature of existentialism doesn't lend itself to readability. However, this is what Flynn should have been aiming for in his introduction and after the introduction of Sartre, Camus and de Beauvoir it seemed to be running out of steam.
It would be wrong, despite this, to discredit the work as bad; there is much in it of value. The introductions, as previously mentioned, to the big 3 Existentialists is brilliant and serves as either a good introduction or a helpful recapitulation to the more learned reader. This, perhaps, is what makes the struggle through later chapters more difficult, knowing that it could have been far better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a great summary, 1 Aug 2014
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An interesting topic well handled.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but incomplete Intro, 17 Sep 2008
This review is from: Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
A very good point of this book is the first part which links the ancient stoics with the 19th and 20th century existentialists.

This is a good intro and a mediocre read that starts out pretty good but kind of looses itself along the way. Also it tends to focus very much on the French thinkers of the 20th century towards the end, almost missing the American existentialists along the way.

IMO this book could use an update covering (1) the american sucessors to the french thinkers and (2) an account of the resurgence of existentialism in the 21st century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars review for "existentialism", 24 Aug 2012
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the item was as described and in excellent condition! the book seemed brand new and unused as written in the description.
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