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I carried on a feud with him for eighteen months over that sword. This, however, is not a collection of flowers or a meadow on which we pick a blossom here and there. It was interesting reading, sort of surreal and with a lot of emphasis on death and the passage of time both crucial existential themesthough it was hard to get much of a handle on Rilke or his thought from such a tiny sample.

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You will ask why did I worry myself with such antics: To begin to act, you know, you must first have dostevsky mind completely at ease and no trace of doubt left in it. Because the effect achieved by Jaspers’ method is, as Jaspers sees it, quite invaluable: Kaufmann does not distinguish this difference. Therefore, it is well to keep in mind that perhaps the most compassionate and venerable of all mortals, the Buddha, also made a point of his lack of belief, and for essentially the same reason as Sartre.

And yet it does not follow that all three were equally in keeping with their writings. What is to be done with the millions of facts that bear witness that men, con-sciously, that is fully understanding their real interests, have left them in the background and have rushed headlong on another path, to meet peril and danger, compelled to this course by nobody and by nothing, but, as it were, simply disliking the beaten track, and have obstinately, wilfully, struck out another difficult, absurd way, seeking it almost in the darkness.


The form of this question is reminiscent of both Kant and Heidegger; and it is at least questionable whether this tran-scendental mold does not do violence to Sartre’s thoughts. To add to the confusion, many writers of the past have frequently been hailed as members of this movement, and it is extremely doubtful whether they would have appreciated the company to which they are consigned.

Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre

You are better off just reading the philosopher’s book as a whole, you always are. The world has no part in it; it is no help. The three writers who appear invariably on every list of “existentialists”—Jaspers, Heidegger, and Sartre—are not in agreement on essentials.

Therefore he has found a primary cause, that is, justice. By now it has become a commonplace that existentialism is the doctrine that existence precedes essence, and this phrase obstructs the understanding of this complex movement as well as of Sartre’s philosophy. Under these circumstances, the deeply unscientific nature of Jaspers’ and Heidegger’s interpretations certainly deserves the utmost emphasis. Heidegger’s preoc-cupation with the roots of words, which results in false etymologies and plays on words according to his critics, gives his followers the feeling that he is going to the roots while others remain at the surface.

As for Heidegger’s later writings, Jaspers has long stopped as much as reading them.

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Even as, despite its ending, it is above comparison with O’Henry, it is also, despite its style, far richer than the short stories of Hemingway. I don’t consult a doctor for It, and never have, though I have a respect for medicine and doctors. They both stressed the primacy of the dostoevzky over the crowd, dostoevskg well as the subjectivity of the human experience and the impossibility of knowing anything for sure.


But I was not equal even to that.

He wants an identity, he wants to be something in the manner in which a existentialissm is something, or a rock. How do you like that? I invented adventures for myself and made up a life, so as at least rrom live in some way. I was simply amusing myself with the petitioners and with the officer, and in reality I never could become spiteful. Kierkegaard, however, was an anti-Plato no less than an anti-Hegel, and an anti-Thomas no less than an anti-Copernicus.

And will you take it upon yourself to define with perfect accuracy in what the advantage of man consists? Kierkegaard attacks the proud tradition of theology, ethics, and metaphysics as a kind of whistling in the dark, as self-deception, as an unrelenting effort to conceal crucial decisions that we have made exitsentialism must make behind a web of wholly secondary, and at times invalid, demonstrations.

Kaufmann is greatly important for his rehabilitation of Nietzsche in the English-speaking world, but apparently exostentialism unwilling to extend that generosity and depth of understanding to Kierkegaard.

The instinct of kinship or how should I name it? I am not saying this now from any mawkish kind of remorse. No statement has been understood until it is seen to be an invitation to be dissatisfied with all statements.