© 1962

Literature, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences

Essays in Existentialism and Phenomenology


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N2-XII
  2. Philosophical Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Maurice Natanson
      Pages 3-25
    3. Maurice Natanson
      Pages 26-33
    4. Maurice Natanson
      Pages 34-43
    5. Maurice Natanson
      Pages 44-54
    6. Maurice Natanson
      Pages 55-61
    7. Maurice Natanson
      Pages 62-75
  3. Aesthetics and Literature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Maurice Natanson
      Pages 79-85
    3. Maurice Natanson
      Pages 86-100
    4. Maurice Natanson
      Pages 101-115
    5. Maurice Natanson
      Pages 116-130
    6. Maurice Natanson
      Pages 141-152
  4. History and the Social Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Maurice Natanson
      Pages 155-166
    3. Maurice Natanson
      Pages 172-177
    4. Maurice Natanson
      Pages 178-194

About this book


A collection of one man's essays in book form tends to be viewed today with some suspicion, if not hostility, by philosophical critics. It would seem that the author is guilty of an academic sin of pride: causing or helping to cause separately conceived articles to surpass their original station and assume a new life, a grander articulation. It can hardly be denied that the essays which follow must face this sullen charge, for they were composed at different times for different sorts of audiences and, for the most part, have already been published. Their appearance in a new form will not allay commonplace criticisms: there are repetitions, certain key terms are defined and defined again in various places, a few quotations reappear, and, beyond this, the essays are unequal in range, depth, and fundamental intent. But it is what brings these essays together that constitutes, I trust, their collective merit. Underlying the special arguments that are to be found in each of the chapters is a particular sense of reality, not a thesis or a theory but rather a way of seeing the world and of appreciating its texture and design. It is that sense of reality that I should like to speak of here. Philosophy stands in a paradoxical relationship to mundane ex­ istence: it is at once its critique and one of its possibilities.


Albert Camus Edmund Husserl Jean-Paul Sartre Lebenswelt existentialism freedom intention phenomenology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of North CarolinaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Literature, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences
  • Book Subtitle Essays in Existentialism and Phenomenology
  • Authors Maurice Natanson
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 1962
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-011-8530-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-9278-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 220
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Phenomenology
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