Thomas Flynn's pithy account of existentialism and the existentialist movement aims right at the core of the philosophy, revealing and explaining the key themes and key thinkers. Sets the philosophy in its political context, explaining its various connections with National Socialism, Communism, and Feminism. Explains the philosophical development of the movement, from the often overlooked early phenomenologists, to its rise in the '40s and '50s, and its relevance to philosophy and our lives today. Few philosophies have had greater impact on literature and the arts than existentialism, with its overarching emphasis on human freedom. Part of the best-selling Very Short Introductions series - over one and a half million copies sold.