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Existentialism: A Reconstruction. First published in 1990, Existentialism is widely regarded as a classic introductory survey of the topic, and has helped to renew interest in existentialist philosophy.

Existentialism: A Reconstruction. The author places existentialism within the great traditions of philosophy, and argues that it deserves as much attention from analytic philosophers as it has always received on the continent. David E. Cooper is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Durham.

David E. Cooper is a British author and philosopher. He was brought up in Surrey and educated at Highgate School and then Oxford University, where he was given his first job in 1967, as a Lecturer in Philosophy. Cooper is the author of a number of books, including World Philosophies: An Historical Introduction, Meaning, Existentialism: A Reconstruction,The Measure of Things: Humanism, Humility and Mystery, A Philosophy of Gardens, Convergence with Nature: A Daoist Perspective, Senses of Mystery: Engaging with Nature and the Meaning of Life, and Animals and Misanthropy.

First published in 1990, Existentialism is widely regarded as a classic introductory survey of the topic, and has helped to renew interest in existentialist philosophy. In this clear and superbly written book, David Cooper provides a thematic presentation of the central ideas of existentialism. His many books include Epistemology: The Classic Readings (Blackwell 1999); Ethics: The Classic Readings (Blackwell 1997); A Companion to Aesthetics (Blackwell 1992); World Philosophies: An Historical Introduction (Blackwell 1995); Metaphor (1986); Heidegger (1996).

Without question, it is David Cooper's Existentialism: A Reconstruction (1990; 2nd e. 1999) that has set the standard in. . 1999) that has set the standard in terms of comprehensiveness and bringing existentialism up to date and into conversation with core themes in mainstream Anglophone philosophy. My aim in this book is to follow Cooper's lead in emphasizing existentialism's enduring relevance to contemporary philosophy, but I try to draw on a wider range of philosophical and literary figures and address themes that are often neglected or underdeveloped in other introductory works.

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First published in 1990, Existentialism is widely regardedas a classic introductory survey of the topic, and has helped torenew interest in existentialist philosophy.

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David E. Cooper
Existentialism

(Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 1999---second edition) 220 pages
(ISBN: 0-631-21322-8; hardcover)
(ISBN: 0-631-21323-6; paperback)
(Library of Congress call number: B819.C62 1999)

The main virtue of this book is that it is readily available.
It is a competent review of the main ideas of existentialism
by a man who is now a professor of philosophy.
It was originally published in 1990, when I first read it.
I have read it again in the new edition, hoping for improvements,
but the book remains basically the same,
with an appendix added, which answers the claim
that Heidegger and Sartre are substantially different.

The first half of the book deals with the philosophical background.
And when Cooper finally gets around
to the new themes presented in existentialism,
he gives only a superficial analysis.
For example, his analysis of angst, death, and absurdity
are not nearly as deep as presented in Our Existential Predicament,
which I should admit was written by this reviewer.

For all readers who are hoping for
a passionately existential book on existentialism,
this book will be a disappointment.
It is an academic rather than an existential approach to the subject.
The author remains an observer of existentialism from outside,
rather than a living person whose life has been changed
by existential insights and perspectives.

Nevertheless, it could be a good place to begin reading
for someone who knows nothing about existentialism.
Just don't let your whole impression of existentialism
be formed by this one book.

James Leonard Park, existential philosopher
Zololmaran
David E.Cooper's Existentialism: A Reconstruction is just that.It reconstructs out of the many philosophers of Existentialism an imaginary amalgam and synthetic creature,The Existentialist,who gives us the line of up-to-date existential awareness,that is relevant to our lives today.In demystifying these complex concepts:Being-in-theworld, Being-for-itself,Being-in-itself,commitment,availability,Dasein,freedom,self-estrangement, phenomenology, epoche, directedness,intentionality,reduction,spectator,participant,project,The Other, proximal,negativity,ready-to-hand, equipmental,care,value,lack,alienation,'objective body'.'lived body',authenticity,bad faith,the Look,an object for the Other,herd mentality,mass existence,Public,they,facticity,transcendence,fallenness,salaud,ex-istent,choice, contingency,thrownness,given,Angst,useless passion,gratuitious,absurd, outside myself,open to the world, spectatorial ego,intersubjective solidarity,it clears up the subjectivist/psychological cloud it was under.Cooper unpacks this whole nucleur payload of meaning in calm,lucid, coherent,logical prose.

He also utilises the major works of Heidegger(Being and Time),and Sartre(Being and Nothingness),and their other works,along with Kierkegaard's several,Husserl's works on phenomenology,Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception,Gasset,Buber and Beauvoir's many tomes,Jaspers,with a sprinkling of Nietzsche's,also quoting from Wittgenstein,Marcel,Iris Murdoch, Maccquarrie and Barrett.Existentialism is viewed as the attempt to overcome various forms of alienation:from the world,from one another,from oneself.The early chapters describe the existential phenomenology,on the basis of which the Cartesian metaphysics are `dissolved'.Discussions of the self and of others,and of `Angst' and absurdity,lead into chapters on existential freedom and the prospects for an existential ethic and reciprocal freedom.Cooper seems to remove the soap bubble around Continental philosophy, placing existentialism within the great historical traditions of philosophy,arguing that it deserves as much attention from analytical philosophers as it has always received on the Continent.He demonstrates that Sartre
and Heiddeger have a lot more in common,despite their differences.
Kazimi
This is a detailed and interesting analysis of the underrated philosophy, existentialism. Dr. Cooper builds a coherent and useful philosophy from the writings of several diverse, and thoroughly vague, philosophers (focusing on the works of Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Nietzsche, and Sartre). Dr. Cooper does much to dissolve the common conception of existentialism as merely a cultural movement. Although somewhat awkwardly worded in places, it is a wonderful book that will most certainly not leave the reader unchanged (if nothing else it will change the readers opinion of the importance of existentialism in the overall history of philosophy).
Kale
The book identified many key concepts necessary to understanding existentialism. In the text the author provides an extensive number of references to a wide range of existential philosophers, so the reader is able to explore more extensively the thoughts of that particular philosopher in that particular topic area, if he wishes to. The one shortcoming in the book is the author's habit of not moving directly into a given topic once it has been announced in the text. Rather, the author feels the need to deal first with a number of "preliminary" issues followed up by qualifications ultimately stating that these issues will be dealt with later. The author has assumed that the reader is already deeply familiar with existentialism and the topic he is about to discuss and thus might hold an opinion that will run counter to the concept that the he is about to explain. The author believes that the counter argument or arguments need to be briefly mentioned first with the explanation that they will be dealt with later. Instead, the author should explain and thoroughly discuss the actual announced topic at hand. After that has been accomplished and the reader is comfortable with an understanding of the concept, counter arguments may be brought up. At that point the reader is in a position to understand them.
Existentialism: A Reconstruction download epub
Philosophy
Author: David E. Cooper
ISBN: 0631213236
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Philosophy
Language: English
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (June 18, 1999)
Pages: 232 pages