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A companion to phenomenology and existentialism.


A companion to phenomenology and existentialism.

Ed. by Hubert L. Dreyfus and Mark A. Wrathall.



608 pages



Blackwell companions to philosophy


Many people find that when they take up modern philosophy in a serious manner, their old friends stop coming around. Thus this companion. In fact the Blackwell series is highly valued by students for explaining basic ideas and controversies in various schools of philosophy and setting out positions defended by leading figures in it. Here philosophy scholars from many countries treat phenomenology and existentialism separately, looking at the main movements and central concepts of each. Among their topics are French phenomenology, Husserl's reductions and the role they play in his phenomenology, the roots of existentialism, and freedom and responsibility. All that fits into the first half of the volume; the rest is devoted to contemporary issues in both schools of thought. They include lessons from Sartre on the egological structure of consciousness for an analytic philosophy of mind, phenomenology in artificial intelligence and cognitive science, environmental philosophy, sexuality, the search for immediacy and the problem of political life in existentialism and phenomenology, and the phenomenology of self-consciousness in Dutch still-life painting. The first edition appeared in 2006.

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Date:Feb 1, 2010
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