Another book

David Cogswell has written a book "Existentialism for Beginners" with art by Joe Lee.  Cogswell begins with Hegel, as a representative of the philosophic idealism which gave the existentialists something to react against.  He continues with an historical overview of the main philosophers associated with existentialism, and theiThe cover to Existentialism For Beginners by Joe Lee. Click for a larger image.r chief concerns: a consistent emphasis on the importance of the individual and of individual, a rejection of the so-called objective point of view, and a desire to make their writings relevant to the everyday life lived by ordinary people.  Cogswell also takes pains to place each writer in their social and historical context.  A final section discusses existentialism in the arts, psychology, politics and popular culture.  Readers will explore the lives and works of nineteenth-century writers, including Kierkegaard, Dostoyevsky, and Nietzsche; twentieth-century German philosophers Jaspers and Heidegger; and the flowering of the movement in postwar France brought forth by Jean Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Simone de Beauvoir, and beyond.  The cover shows Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus and Simone de Beauvoir, clad in conservative dark suits, drinking coffee in a café surrounded by a haze of cigarette smoke.

            The release date for Existentialism for Beginners is October 14, 2008.  Copies may be ordered from online book dealers such Amazon (  Further information about the "For Beginners" books, including a catalog of all their titles, is available from the company web site at  Price:  $14.95 ($16.95 Canadian)

About mcogswell2

I am a retired minister of the United Church of Canada. I am currently Editor of the Cogswell Courier, the newsletter of the Cogswell Family Association.
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