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An Introduction

Kevin Aho



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Polity Press
12 June 2020
Existentialism: An Introduction has established itself as the most comprehensive and accessible book on the subject available. In this fully revised and expanded second edition, Kevin Aho draws on a wide range of existentialist thinkers from both the secular and religious traditions, adding a wealth of new material on existentialism's relationship with Marxist thought and its impact on feminist phenomenology and critical race theory.

Chapters center on the key themes of freedom, authenticity, being-in-the-world, alienation, and nihilism. Aho also addresses important but often overlooked issues in the canon of existentialism, including the role of embodiment, existentialism's contribution to ethics, political theory and environmental and comparative philosophies, as well as its influence on the allied health professions.

By tracking its many and significant influences on modern thought, Kevin Aho shows why existentialism cannot be easily dismissed as a moribund or outdated movement, but instead endures as one of the most important and vibrant areas of contemporary philosophy. Existentialism remains so influential because it forcefully deals with what it means to be human and engages with fundamental questions such as Who am I? and How should I live?

Existentialism: An Introduction is the ideal text for upper-level philosophy students and for anyone interested in the movement's key figures and concepts.
By:   Kevin Aho
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   386g
ISBN:   9781509539628
ISBN 10:   150953962X
Pages:   236
Publication Date:   12 June 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kevin Aho is Professor of Philosophy at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is the author of Contexts of Suffering: A Heideggerian Approach to Psychopathology (2019), Heidegger's Neglect of the Body (2009), co-author of Body Matters: A Phenomenology of Sickness, Disease, and Illness (2008), and editor of Existential Medicine: Essays on Health and Illness (2018).

Reviews for Existentialism: An Introduction

A clear and fresh introduction to existentialism packed with insights from an impressively wide range of writers including philosophers, poets, and psychotherapists. It's a timely and astute examination of existentialism's legacy that shows its relevance for modern challenges such as eco-anxiety and the medicalization of the human condition. Skye Cleary, Columbia University This is a remarkably impressive introduction to existentialism, demonstrating its wide applicability and contemporary relevance. I most strongly recommend this book to students and specialists alike. Patrick Baert, University of Cambridge

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