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14 Best Existentialism Books of All Time

Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Existentialism books (instead of one person's opinion).

    Our process:
  1. Search for "best existentialism books" and study the top 11 articles.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  2. 2

    The Stranger

    Albert Camus

  3. 3

    The Trial

    Franz Kafka

  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6

    Being and Nothingness

    Jean-Paul Sartre

  7. 7


    Jean-Paul Sartre

  8. 8

    Invisible Man

    Ralph Ellison

  9. 9

    Notes from Underground

    Fyodor Dostoevsky

  10. 10

    Thus Spoke Zarathustra

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  11. 11

    The Ethics of Ambiguity

    Simone de Beauvoir

  12. 13

    Being and Time

    Martin Heidegger


  • How was this Existentialism books list created?

    We searched for "best Existentialism books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Existentialism books are in this list?

    There are 14 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Existentialism books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Existentialism books on the internet.

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