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What is existentialism?

What is existentialism?

Existentialism is a form of philosophical inquiry that explores the problem of human existence and centers on the lived experience of the thinking, feeling, acting individual.

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In the views of existentialists.

In the views of existentialists.

In the view of the existentialist, the individual's starting point has been called "the existential angst," a sense of dread, disorientation, confusion, or anxiety in the face of an apparently meaningless or absurd world.Existentialist thinkers frequently explore issues related to the meaning, purpose, and value of human existence.

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Example

Example

You identify yourself as an athlete and have a promising career. Then you have a severe injury and your career is over. At that point, you would have an existential crisis because you have defined yourself as an athlete.

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Themes of Existentialism

Themes of Existentialism

There are 6 themes/tenets that are basic of Existentialism, they are

  • Importance of the individual.
  • Importance of choice.
  • Anxiety regarding life, death, contingencies, and extreme situations.
  • Meaning and absurdity.
  • Authenticity.
  • Social criticism.

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I realize today that nothing in the world is more distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself.

HERMANN HESSE

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