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Sartre, Nietzsche and Non-Humanist Existentialism

Authors: Mitchell, David

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  • Suggests how we can have a philosophy of human existence without the humanist subject
  • Offers new and distinctive interpretations of Sartre and Nietzsche 
  • Provides a starting point for a revitalised and philosophically compelling existentialism  
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This book argues that existentialism’s concern with human existence does not simply make it another form of humanism. Influenced by Heidegger’s 1947 ‘Letter on Humanism’, structuralist and post-structuralist critics have both argued that existentialism is synonymous with a naïve ‘humanist’ idea of the subject. Such identification has led to the movement’s dismissal as a credible philosophy; this book aims to challenge such a view.

Through a lucid and thought-provoking exploration of the concept of perversity in Sartre and Nietzsche, Mitchell argues that understanding the human as a ‘perversion’ of something other than itself allows us to have a philosophy of the human without the humanist subject. In short, through perversion, we can talk about the human as not merely having a relation to the world, but of being that relation. With an explicit defence of Sartre against the charge of humanism, accompanied by a novel and distinctive reinterpretation of Nietzsche, Mitchell recovers an existentialism that is at once both radical and philosophically relevant.


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Dr David Mitchell received his PhD from the University of Liverpool, UK. Since 2015 he has been working as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sartre, Nietzsche and Non-Humanist Existentialism
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-43108-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-43108-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-43107-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 192
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