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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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Existentialism

Existentialism

Existentialism originates from Soren Kierkegaard and Nietzche. It focuses on the problems produced by existential nihilism. For instance:

  • What is the point of living if life has no inherent purpose? 
  • How do we face the knowledge of our inevitable demise?

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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