existentialism

noun
ex·is·ten·tial·ism | \ˌeg-(ˌ)zi-ˈsten(t)-shə-ˌli-zəm, ˌek-(ˌ)si-\

Definition of existentialism 

: a chiefly 20th century philosophical movement embracing diverse doctrines but centering on analysis of individual existence in an unfathomable universe and the plight of the individual who must assume ultimate responsibility for acts of free will without any certain knowledge of what is right or wrong or good or bad

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This adage comes from Soren Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher, poet, theologian and the founder of existentialism. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 This adage comes from Soren Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher, poet, theologian and the founder of existentialism. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 This adage comes from Soren Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher, poet, theologian and the founder of existentialism. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 This adage comes from Soren Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher, poet, theologian and the founder of existentialism. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 In the ’20s, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote at Le Café du Dôme; a couple of decades later, Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir argued over existentialism at Les Deux Magots. Time, "Iconic Parisian Bistros Are Under Threat. Can They Be Saved?," 11 July 2018 This adage comes from Soren Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher, poet, theologian and the founder of existentialism. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 This adage comes from Soren Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher, poet, theologian and the founder of existentialism. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 Funny that existentialism doesn’t seem such a downer anymore, now that the omnipresent threat to our humanity is not material privation but informational excess. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Giacometti: Beguiled by Thin Men and Women," 6 June 2018

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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