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Man's search for meaning / Viktor E. Frankl ; part one translated by Ilse Lasch ; foreword by Harold S. Kushner ; afterword by William J. Winslade.

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Location: Fennell STACKS D805.G3 .F72 2006
Barcode: 30731101212524
Status: Available

Record details

  • ISBN: 0807014273
  • ISBN: 9780807014271
  • ISBN: 0807014265
  • ISBN: 9780807014264
  • ISBN: 9780807014295
  • ISBN: 080701429X
  • ISBN: 9780807060100
  • ISBN: 0807060100
  • Physical Description: xvi, 165 pages : portrait ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, ©2006.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published in German in 1946 under the title: Ein Psycholog erlebt das Konzentrationslager. Original English title was: From Death Camp to Existentialism"--T.p. verso. Reprinted in paperback in 2006 with a new foreword and a new afterword.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Foreword / Harold S. Kushner -- Preface to the 1992 edition / by Viktor E. Frankl -- Experiences in a concentration camp -- Logotherapy in a nutshell -- Postscript 1984: The case for a tragic optimism -- Afterword / William J. Winslade.
Summary, etc.:
In this work, a Viennese psychiatrist tells his grim experiences in a German concentration camp which led him to logotherapy, an existential method of psychiatry. This work has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 the author, a psychiatrist labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the stories of his many patients, he argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. His theory, known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos (meaning), holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.
Language Note:
Translated from the German.
Subject: Frankl, Viktor E. (Viktor Emil), 1905-1997.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) > Personal narratives.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) > Psychological aspects.
Psychologists > Austria > Biography.
Concentration camp inmates > Biography.
Meaning (Psychology)
Genre: War and conflict.
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