Maurice Friedman’s Worlds of Existentialism regroups writings from the most influencials authors in existentialism of the 20th century. It should hardly be a surprise that it is an essential book to own. In fact my understanding is that Friedman’s anthology is still unsurpassed in its quality even today. In it the author has picked passages from writers including Heidegger, Sartre, Buber and Merleau-Ponty to name only a few, to regroup them under such categories as Phenomenology and Ontology, The Existential Subject, Intersubjectivity and Existentialism and Psychotherapy. The latter section is particularly relevant for psychotherapists as it brings together specific extracts from for instance Kierkegaard (The Concept of Dread & Sickness unto Death) but also morecontemporary authors including Medar Boss, Rollo May or Carl Rogers.
It is difficult to imagine a better introduction to existenliasim than this critical reader from M. Friedman; the theme of a philosophy which may perhaps be regarded as a symptom of the anxiety lodged at the centre of what it is to be human.
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- Paperback: 590 pages
- Publisher: Prometheus Books (19 April 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1573922765
- ISBN-13: 978-1573922760