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Chelz asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 1 decade ago

Writing a paper - any recommendations for where to look for my topic?

I'm working on a term paper for my Existentialism class. The topic I've been working on is related to human relationships, love, and the aspect of responsibility and authenticity that is fundamental to the school of thought. Kind of how it relates to and is different from more classical ideas of love.

I'm working my way through Sartre's 'Being and Nothingness' and am planning on reading some existentialist literature like Dostoevsky.

Anyone have any recommendations for material that I might find helpful? I'm looking for any existentialist literature that deals with love (more specifically, romantic love rather than Kierkegaard's ideas on Christian love, for example) as well as plain old philosophical works.

I've been casually researching for a few weeks but my college library has an abundance of classical philosophy and a shortage of modern and contemporary so even a few hours flipping through the few books is rather unproductive Thanks in advance.

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Eric Fromm has the best modern work on love that I have ever come across. It is called The Art of Loving.

    It is well worth the read even if you decide not to use the material.

    It is not that long either. I think that I read it in a day.

    Love and blessings Don

  • ?
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    4 years ago

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