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The Arrow That Flies by Day


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Remembering the Sixties Chapter 2 Seeking the Good Life: Socrates' Erotic Revolution Chapter 3 At Home in the Universe: The Stoics as Existentialists Chapter 4 Senses of the Self: Augustine and the Ascent of the Soul Chapter 5 Overcoming Alienation: Rousseau's Search for Authenticity Chapter 6 Becoming Who We Are: Kierkegaard Against His Age (and Ours) Chapter 7 Single in the Crowd: Thoreau's Existential Experiment at Walden Pond Chapter 8 No Short Cut to Paradise: The Lonely Passion of William James Chapter 9 Beyond Nihilism: Nietzsche and the Ethics of Utopia Chapter 10 Between Solitude and Solidarity: The Two Worlds of Albert Camus Chapter 11 The Desire to Be God: Sartre and the Winding Roads of Freedom Chapter 12 Dramatist of a Broken World: The Soft Theism of Gabriel Marcel Chapter 13 Thinking without Banisters: Hannah Arendt and the Face of Radical Evil Chapter 14 Some After Words: A Message of Hope Part 15 Bibliography

About the Author

Bernard Murchland is Professor of Philosophy at Ohio Wesleyan University and the Editor of The Civic Arts Review.


Bernard Murchland takes readers on a learned journey into a land of important questions and accessible answers. -- George Cotkin, author of Existential America
...Throughout he writes with a Graham Greene-like clarity of style. His book is informative, enjoyable to read and convincing. He makes the case that existentialism is indeed a perennial philosophy and one best suited to guide us through these dark times. -- Robert Flanagan, Poet and Novelist, author of Maggot and Naked to Naked Goes
All in all a fine piece of work, very well written and structured. Murchland's chapters on Socrates and the Stoics demonstrate that existentialism has deep historical roots. -- William McBride, Department of Philosophy, Purdue University
A rich foundation for understanding later existentialist movements....Mindful of the distinction between studies of subjectivity versus mere relativistic forms of subjectivism....Recommended. Two-star review. * CHOICE, March 2009 *
Murchland presents his book in a style that is both beautifully written and personally engaging... His chapter on Albert Camus is excellent-well written, appropriately personal and right on target, especially his handling of the North African connection with Augustine and Plotinus. That adds a dimension to the study of Camus that is almost always missing. -- David Spritzen, author of Camus: A Critical Examination

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