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Author Tuttle, Howard N. (Howard Nelson)

Title The crowd is untruth : the existential critique of mass society in the thought of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Ortega y Gasset / Howard N. Tuttle.

Published New York : P. Lang, [1996]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  142.78 TUTT    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 191 pages ; 24 cm.
Series American university studies. Series V, Philosophy, 0739-6392 ; vol. 176.
American university studies. Series V, Philosophy. 0739-6392 ; vol. 176.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [173]-191).
Contents Ch. 1. The Origin of Kierkegaard's Problem of the Mass and the Individual -- Ch. 2. The Phantom Public -- Ch. 3. Heidegger's Ontological Formulation of Das Man -- Ch. 4. Nietzsche, Nihilism, and the Herd -- Ch. 5. Ortega y Gasset and the Idea of Human Life -- Ch. 6. The Mass as the Dominant Perspective of Our Era.
Summary This book argues that the mass is the most characteristic socio-historical feature of our century. Kierkegaard was the first to anticipate and delineate this phenomenon philosophically. Heidegger appropriated much from Kierkegaard, but recast the mass into the fundamental ontology of Das Man. Moreover, his work was informed by Nietzsche's understanding of nihilism and the will to power. Finally, the masses are considered from the vision of Ortega y Gasset's philosophy of human life. This book relates all four of these thinkers into a philosophical perspective upon the nature of the mass.
Subject Kierkegaard, Søren, 1813-1855.
Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900.
Heidegger, Martin, 1889-1976.
Ortega y Gasset, José, 1883-1955.
Mass society.
ISBN 0820428663 (alk. paper)