Existentialism - Book suggestion needed

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Wasn't sure whether this was the right place for this thread but meh....

In my spare time I like to read philosophy books, I generally find them more interesting than novels these days [a v.popular vampire one being a prime example:rolleyes: ].

Anywho, I've gotten a little bit into the whole school of Existentialism and I'm interested; only snag being I have no idea what books to track down so any and all suggestions would be v.helpful.

Nothing too hardcore though.
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existentialism & humanism- jean paul sartre
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l'etranger/la chute/la pest/huis clos camus
jean paul sartre les mains sales
de beauvoir les belles images

other philosophical: Thus spake zarathustra
kafka
dostoevsky- brothers karamazov
Hegel
Kant
Descartes

would recommend camus to start off with
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existentialism & humanism- jean paul sartre
This.

And Nausea
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yeah. but i'd recommend you read e&h before nausea.
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Thanks, I'll go pick up a copy tomorrow. :tongue:
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"Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction" ?? Being and Nothingness woudl be your ideal text; some of it is very accessible, but other bits would probably be rather tough unless you are familiar with Husserlian phenomenology, Heidegger, and some Hegel. I've not read it all

Also, read The Jargon of Authenticity by Adorno, in case you're going to get too carried away.
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I usually find existentialist novels a good deal more interesting than the 'proper' philosophical stuff, but as a compromise Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground would be a good start.
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Since Sartre was 'The' Existentialist, I'd reccomend Nausea, his plays and Existentialism & Humanism.
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Being and Nothingness is the standard text; Dostoyevsky's Notes From Underground, Kiergekaard's and Nietzsche's writings, and Kafka's too.... but never forgetting Camus WHO DENOUNCED the Existentialist tag, just so you know he wrote about ABSURDISM, which is essentially Existentialism.
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Start with a general intro to the topic. It is a tricky topic to get a handle on at first (or rather it was for me). I would avoid Sartre's 'On Being and Nothingness' - too hard going. Would recommend Camus, Kierkegaard, Neitzsche (hard going but very rich content and colourful writing style) and even the Romanian pessimist philosopher Emil Cioran's 'On the Heights of Despair' but be quite careful with him, he won't exactly fill you with hope.
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I do second Marco1's Cioran recommendation, if only because not enough people have heard of him. Though I wouldn't deem his writings to be among the first to reach for when looking for an introduction to existentialism...
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being is an existentialist novel.
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Rather pointlessly repeating what has been said but I'd definitely start with Camus and Sartre. Whatever you can get your hands on.
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