edition) 62 pages
(ISBN: 978-0-89231-956-5; paperback)
(Library of Congress call number: B575.A6P37 2006)
ever felt the nameless dread?
Terror and anguish without a cause?
This book gives a name and a careful description
to the nameless threat, our free-floating anxiety,
which we have all felt but perhaps not faced.
separate existential anxiety
from ordinary fears as clearly as possible.
Then (developing insights provided by such thinkers as
Heidegger, Kierkegaard, & Binswanger),
we can proceed to analyze
the many dimensions of this inner condition-of-being.
How do we cope with anxiety?
Can we channel it creatively,
helping us to become more Authentic?
And is it possible to live beyond angst?
Here is the
for Existential Anxiety: Angst (2 pages).
This link also contains the first page of the text.
And it leads to a 3-page excerpt from the book.
THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE
IN TWO DIFFERENT PRINTED FORMATS:
is also published as Chapter 6 of
Our Existential Predicament:
Loneliness, Depression, Anxiety, & Death .
This larger book sells for $45 wholesale,
which is one reason for selecting just the chapter on anxiety,
which sells for $10 wholesale.
If you buy the larger book, you will already have
Existential Anxiety: Angst.
Existential Anxiety: Angst
(Minneapolis, MN: www.existentialbooks.com, 2006—5th edition)
(ISBN: 978-0-89231-956-5; paperback enclosed in clear plastic covers)
(Library of Congress call number: BF575.A6P37 2006)
A few improvements have been incorporated,
such as paraphrases for all the quotes from
Martin Heidegger's Being and Time
and Soren Kierkegaard's Concept of Anxiety.
These quotations are now paraphrases
based on two English translations in each case.
To prevent possible confusion about page numbers,
the fourth and fifth editions uses the page numbers
from Our Existential Predicament, namely pages 89-150.
1. Psychological response to danger.
2. Caused by specific threats;
we know why we are afraid;
approaches from a certain quarter.
3. Temporary—lasts only while
the danger is present; might pass by.
4. Limited to the values
that can be reached by the threat.
5. We know how to cope with fear:
fight or flight.
The five defining features of EXISTENTIAL ANXIETY:
1. Free-floating 'terror' without a cause.
2. No intelligible cause or
we don't know why we are 'afraid';
'comes from' everywhere and nowhere.
3. Permanent—ever-renewed inner
state-of-being; does not pass away.
4. Pervades our whole being;
unlimited menace; touches everything.
5. Nothing we do will overcome
psychological techniques are useless.
Twelve pages of
Anxiety: Angst (pages 91-102)
are devoted to exploring and illustrating
these fundamental differences
between simple fear and existential anxiety.
You can read an excerpt from EXISTENTIAL ANXIETY: ANGST
from the section entitled
"Anxiety as a Phenomenon of the Human Spirit"
also has a short article based on this book:
Existential Anxiety: Angst .
Go to the Portal for
which provides a comprehensive listing of Internet resources about Angst.
Go to the EXISTENTIALISM Page.
Go to the Existential Spirituality Page.
Go to the beginning of
this home page:
An Existential Philosopher's Museum .