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On being and becoming : an existentialist approach to life / Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Guides to the good life
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Fortville-Vernon Twp PL - Fortville 142.78 GOS (Text) 38301000043306 New Books Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780190913656
  • ISBN: 0190913657
  • Physical Description: x, 320 pages ; 19 cm.
  • Publisher: New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, [2021]

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-309) and index.
Summary, etc.:
"The fact that you have picked up a book like this one and have begun to read it suggests that you strive for a fulfilling life. Presumably you aim, like many people do, to live as well and as meaningfully as possible, well aware that you have only one life, and that it is finite. Each day you press forward with no clear path signposted just for you. Your existence comes with no set of instructions what exactly to do with it. You will be well aware, perhaps with some anxiety, that only you can make some crucial decisions which will shape your existence, determine how your one life will play out. Existential philosophy begins by thinking from the standpoint of an individual concretely existing, wondering how to make sense of this existence. This may be anything but straightforward. In a busy, overcrowded world, there will be distractions everywhere from any goal you might try to keep in mind. At times you may not know which goals to strive for. Difficulties will arise. Some demands upon you will conflict with others, and responsibilities may come to feel relentless. Perhaps they do right now. You may come to wonder what this life is all about, and sometimes even despair at the lack of an answer. A sudden loss or change can render exigent otherwise merely nagging uncertainties. All of these concerns are the stuff of existential philosophy. If philosophy can be applied to spiritual ailments, existentialism is one of the most versatile prescriptions. Most people at some point in their lives will experience moments of suffering that have an existential cast. This is suffering that impacts your sense of self, making you wonder who you really are or ought to be, making you wonder about the purpose of your existence. The works of existentialist philosophers elaborate on such phenomena as despair, anxiety, dread, angst, forlornness, the tragic, the absurd, nothingness, being-towards-death, ennui, oppression, and inauthenticity. While not solving such human difficulties, existentialism recognizes and studies them in philosophical terms. Indeed, when a crisis is diagnosed as 'existential,' it is salvaged from the indignity of mere pain, and recognized as bearing what the Danish philosopher S©ıren Kierkegaard called a 'subjective truth.' The remedy of existential thinking comes in the form of relating individual struggles to a human condition understood as universal, and of illuminating the freedom and responsibility, or the creativity, with which they can be tackled"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Existentialism.

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Guides to the good life

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