ExistentialismAn Introduction
An Introduction, 2nd Edition

<i>Existentialism: An Introduction</i> has established itself as the most comprehensive and accessible book available on the subject. In this fully revised and expanded second edition, Kevin Aho draws on a wide range of existentialist thinkers from both secular and religious traditions, adding a wealth of new material on existentialism’s relationship with Marxist thought and 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, such as the role of embodiment, existentialism’s contribution to ethics, political theory, and environmental and comparative philosophies, and 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influences on modern thought, Kevin Aho shows why existentialism cannot be easily dismissed as a moribund or outdated movement and why it endures instead as one of the most important and vibrant forms of contemporary philosophy. Existentialism remains so influential because it deals forcefully with what it means to be human and engages with fundamental questions such as “Who am I?” and “How should I live?”

<i>Existentialism: An Introduction</i> is the ideal text for upper-level philosophy students and for anyone interested in the movement’s key figures and concepts.

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  • August 2020
  • 256 pages
  • 152 x 229 mm / 6 x 9 in
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Table of Contents
1 Existentialism and Modernity
2 The Insider’s Perspective
3 Being-in-the-World
4 Self and Others
5 Freedom
6 Authenticity
7 Ethics
8 Marxist, Feminist, and Black Existentialism
9 Contributions to Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
10 Existentialism Today
Selected Bibliography
About the Author
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).
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“A clear and fresh introduction to existentialism, packed with insights from an impressively wide range of writers including philosophers, poets, and psychotherapists. It is 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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