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Online Lecture

Overlooked Existentialist: Benjamin Fondane

July 29, 2023
3:00 PM (U.S. Central Summer Time)
60 Minutes

If you’re curious about philosophy, chances are good you’ve come across “existentialism”–and if so, odds are that you’ve been introduced to a certain canon: Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Frantz Fanon, Karl Jaspers, and Martin Heidegger. However, there were many more individuals involved in “existential thought” in the 1930s and ’40s. In this online event, I’ll introduce the overlooked Benjamin Fondane (b. Wechsler, 1898-1944) and his challenge from within to the existential wave.

This will be the first in a series on talks on overlooked existentialists of the 1920s-50s.

Medium & Readings:

Medium: Virtual (Zoom). For the link to join, email

– Fondane, Benjamin. Existential Monday: Philosophical Essays. Translated and introduced by Bruce Baugh. New York Review of Books, 2016.
– Fondane, Benjamin. Cinepoems and Others. Multiple Translators. Edited by Leonard Schwartz. New York Review of Books, 2016.

Aaron Cummings

I’m a humanities tutor offering individualized, customized instruction for high school, community college, and university students in philosophy, history, and literature/language arts courses. I also provide personalized tutorials in philosophy and its history for interested professionals.

Based in Dallas, I can tutor individuals in person within the North Texas area, while those farther afield I can tutor online using Teams, Zoom, or another platform of your choice.