Free Market Existentialist… what is capitalism without consumerism?
2 out of 5
This was one of those books where I wasn’t 100% sure what I was getting into, but I was intrigued none-the-less. Is it a business book? How about a psychology book? Well, it’s sort of both, but it is most definitely a psychology book.
There are some terms within that if you are not well versed in psychology or well-read on some of the authors and their handiwork you may be slightly lost. The author does a pretty great job explaining the different psychological theories and ideas within, but it’s still a higher level book.
Now, I’m curious, who would/should read this? Well if you are a double major in Psych and Business — this book is extremely for you. If you want to know more about what Existentialism is, especially as it pertains to business and the “free market” this is exactly who this book was written for.
The book is non-fiction, and written as a text book. With that being said — it’s dry. Text books have a tendency of being extremely dry — this one is no different. The thing I got out of this was that I would really enjoy to take a class that was based around some of the ideas discussed within the pages.
I’m not necessarily the audience for this Free Market Existentialist, but I still enjoyed it. If the description sounds interesting to you, I don’t believe this book will be a let down.
William Irwin is Herve A. LeBlanc Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of Philosophy at King’s College in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Intentionalist Interpretation and scholarly articles on Sartre, Nietzsche, and Heidegger. Irwin originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books with Seinfeld and Philosophy in 1999 and is currently the General Editor of The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series.
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