Six Existentialist Thinkers

Six Existentialist Thinkers Includes summary but substantial accounts of the thought of Kierkegaard Nietzsche Jaspers Marcel Heidegger and Sartre and a concluding essay that attempts to interpret the whole Existentialist mo

Includes summary but substantial accounts of the thought of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Jaspers, Marcel, Heidegger and Sartre, and a concluding essay that attempts to interpret the whole Existentialist movement.

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Six Existentialist Thinkers

  1. Harold John Blackham 31 March 1903 23 January 2009 was a leading British humanist philosopher, writer and educationalist He has been described as the progenitor of modern humanism in Britain.Blackham has been Chairman, Social Morality Council, Great Britain, and a former director of the British Humanist Association.In 1977, he was elected an honorary associate of the Rationalist Press Association He is on the editorial board of The Humanist In 1980, he signed the Secular Humanist Declaration.He has written that Unitarianism in England is negligible intellectually Of course, the Hibbert survives and holds a place, but that is because it is open to all comers in its fairly broad field The Unitarians here are hostile to humanism They are diminishing and count for little Blackham, Jaap van Praag, and Julian Huxley were the key founders of the International Humanist and Ethical Union IHEU , an organization which in 1974 granted him a Humanist Award for his long and creative service to humanism in England and in the world From 1944 to 1965, he had edited the Ethical Union s Plain View In 1978, Blackham received the group s special award for 25 years of devoted service to IHEU In the New Humanist July 1993 , he is interviewed by Jim Herrick and recalls his involvement with humanistic causes At the age of ninety, his sharp mind recalled his early interest in religion, his meeting Stanton Coit, his teaching philosophy and current affairs, his becoming chairman of the Ethical Union, his being in the Auxiliary Fire Service during World War II, his involvement in the founding of the British Humanist Association, his involvement with the World Union of Freethinkers, his working with Julian Huxley, and the writing of his several books.Stalin, he stated, was not a Marxist Leninist in his heart He paid lip service to the creed, but was a Russian Czar, an imperialist who used the dictatorship of the proletariat to extend the dominion of the Russian State The KGB was a continuation of the surveillance of the Czarist police state.Asked if liberal humanism is dead, Blackham reacted by saying, How can it be dead really It may be outmoded, or not the vogue, but what is the implication of saying it s dead Sartre said that liberalism was a betrayal to the Nazis of civilisation To the liberal everything is worth entertaining, all is a level ground, everyone can exchange views You have to make choices, you can t be liberal in the sense of entertaining all things But liberal humanism can s possibly be dead It is not merely, nor mainly an attitude it is a commitment to which one gives priority In 1993, Blackham completed a history of Western Europe from a new, transforming perspective, part of which was published in New Humanist The work is entitled The Upshot of History, and it focuses on three claims to universality, those of Hellas, Zion, and Romanitas They have led, he states, to our awareness of One World with its evident disorders, which he names disproportion between the prosperity enjoyed by the few industrialised nations and the penury endured by thousands of millions in the so called Third World the aggravation of over population the ecological damage, entailing serious threats to the survival of many species, and even of life on the planet the existence and availability without adequate controls of annihilating weapons that make international security a political priority By recognizing such problems, he asserts, man has the chance to go beyond Hellas, Zion, and Romanitas to universality.His book, Six Existentialist Thinkers, became a popular university textbook.He died on 23 January 2009 at the age of 105.More blackhamfellowships whofidels library modern h_ilosopedia indexp H._enpedia wiki H._J._Bl

224 Reply to “Six Existentialist Thinkers”

  1. Decent selections from, as the title suggests, six existentialist thinkers This isn t a beginners guide, but rather an overview of contributions Blackham finds important The concluding essay is a noble attempt to synthesise the often overwhelming ideas presented by the great minds in the preceding chapters, and was probably the section from which I leart the most.I d recommend this to those already familiar with these French and Germanic writers, but others looking for an introduction to what is [...]

  2. This book is not your beginner s book on existentialism Which is why I understood very little of it But I m not going to let my ignorance on the subject influence my star rating.

  3. An excellent summary of these thinkers Having them all in one volume makes cross referencing valuable and easy.

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