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Kevin Aho: Existentialism. An Introduction. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014, xvii + 193 pp. ISBN: 978-0-7456-5141-5

Kevin Aho: Existentialism. An Introduction. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014, xvii + 193 pp. ISBN:... Book Reviews Buchbesprechungen Kevin Aho: Existentialism. An Introduction. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014, xvii + 193 pp. ISBN: 978-0-7456-5141-5 Kevin Aho’s Existentialism is an introduction to this outlook on man’s place in the world. The author defends its appearance not as a mere presentation of a school of philosophy, and points out the continuing relevance of what its adherents contend. He does not limit himself to discussing the philosophers that are usually associated with existentialism, and in addition includes novelists such as Dostoevsky and Camus in his analyses, and justiably so, given that this movement was not exclusively, and perhaps not even primarily, an academic one, its inuence being the result of the works of many literary gures, some of whom were simultaneously academics. Indeed, a dogmatic demarcation of ‘existentialism’ could easily have resulted in a procrustean presentation, a danger that Aho manages to avoid. More importantly, though, since existentialism is anything but simple to understand, certainly if one studies the works of thinkers like Kierkegaard, Heidegger or Sartre them- selves, Aho’s very accessible style and presentation are all the more commendable, even though that is of course a necessary condition for a general introduction. Fortunately, the clarity does not http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis Brill

Kevin Aho: Existentialism. An Introduction. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014, xvii + 193 pp. ISBN: 978-0-7456-5141-5

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Book Reviews Buchbesprechungen Kevin Aho: Existentialism. An Introduction. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014, xvii + 193 pp. ISBN: 978-0-7456-5141-5 Kevin Aho’s Existentialism is an introduction to this outlook on man’s place in the world. The author defends its appearance not as a mere presentation of a school of philosophy, and points out the continuing relevance of what its adherents contend. He does not limit himself to discussing the philosophers that are usually associated with existentialism, and in addition includes novelists such as Dostoevsky and Camus in his analyses, and justiably so, given that this movement was not exclusively, and perhaps not even primarily, an academic one, its inuence being the result of the works of many literary gures, some of whom were simultaneously academics. Indeed, a dogmatic demarcation of ‘existentialism’ could easily have resulted in a procrustean presentation, a danger that Aho manages to avoid. More importantly, though, since existentialism is anything but simple to understand, certainly if one studies the works of thinkers like Kierkegaard, Heidegger or Sartre them- selves, Aho’s very accessible style and presentation are all the more commendable, even though that is of course a necessary condition for a general introduction. Fortunately, the clarity does not

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