existentialism


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ex·is·ten·tial·ism

 (ĕg′zĭ-stĕn′shə-lĭz′əm, ĕk′sĭ-)
n.
A philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one's acts.

ex′is·ten′tial·ist adj. & n.

existentialism

(ˌɛɡzɪˈstɛnʃəˌlɪzəm)
n
(Philosophy) a modern philosophical movement stressing the importance of personal experience and responsibility and the demands that they make on the individual, who is seen as a free agent in a deterministic and seemingly meaningless universe
ˌexisˈtentialist adj, n

ex•is•ten•tial•ism

(ˌɛg zɪˈstɛn ʃəˌlɪz əm, ˌɛk sɪ-)

n.
a philosophical movement, esp. of the 20th century, that stresses the individual's position as a self-determining agent responsible for his or her own choices.
[1940–45; < German Existentialismus (1919)]
ex`is•ten′tial•ist, adj., n.
ex`is•ten`tial•is′tic, adj.
ex`is•ten`tial•is′ti•cal•ly, adv.

existentialism

1. the doctrine that man forms his essence in the course of the life resulting from his personal choices.
2. an emphasis upon man’s creating his own nature as well as the importance of personal freedom, decision, and commitment. Also called philosophical existentialism. Cf. essentialism.existentialist, n., adj.
See also: Philosophy

existentialism

A practical philosophical tendency centered on the concrete realities of human life, rather than generalized abstractions.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.existentialism - (philosophy) a 20th-century philosophical movement chiefly in Europe; assumes that people are entirely free and thus responsible for what they make of themselves
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory - a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
depersonalisation, depersonalization - (existentialism) a loss of personal identity; a feeling of being an anonymous cog in an impersonal social machine
Translations
وجودية
existencialismus
egzistencijalizam
実存主義
egzystencjalizm
existentialism

existentialism

[ˌegzɪsˈtenʃəlɪzəm] Nexistencialismo m

existentialism

[ˌɛgzɪˈstɛnʃəlɪzəm] nexistentialisme m

existentialism

existentialism

[ˌɛgzɪsˈtɛnʃəˌlɪzm] nesistenzialismo
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And yet, Cerf argues that the "antagonism" between existentialism and positivism "could indeed be used as reconciliation" (p.
Sir - Apropos of all this brouhaha over the Penderyn vodka ad, I had no idea what existentialism meant - it is a word not bandied about down at the Crazy Horsepower Saloon - and I had the devil's own job finding it in the dictionary: "a modern philosophical movement stressing personal experience and responsibility and their demands on the individual, who is seen as a free agent in a deterministic and seemingly meaningless universe".
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Rooted in the work of early philosophers such as Sartre, Kierkegaard, Hiedegger, and Neitzsche, existentialism came about as an approach to addressing the fundamental questions of man's existence (Corey, 2000; Ellsworth, 1999; Todd & Bohort, 1999).
But there should be no mistake that the changes to the way we see the world are now clarifying themselves in the "everywhere-always" of omnipresent media reportage and the "everywhere-always" of terrorism that make us understand life as the total visibility of action, as a revived existentialism that's based on the visual and physical, in place of the aesthetic and abstract, as ways of expressing ideologies and truths.
In one concise excerpt, Wright emotionally and critically raises a fistful of the major themes of his lifetime's writing: existentialism, the Southern migration and Northern urbanization of mid-century blacks, the hope and failure of Communism, class struggle, black men and white women, and the force of writing itself.
The Arab defeat in Palestine and the general disillusion of intellectuals with the "revolution" coincided with the introduction of French existentialism into Arabic literature through translation of its major authors such as Sartre, Camus, Beckett, and Ionesco, among others.
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As Doug Rossinow relates in The Politics of Authenticity: Liberalism, Christianity, and the New Left in America, a small cadre of students found refuge from the reactionary politics of their day, as well as from the stifling conformism of the "football, beer drinking" culture at UT, in a tradition of Christian existentialism.
He must accomplish concrete, personal tasks and fulfill concrete, personal demands; he must realize that unique meaning which each of us has to fulfill" (Viktor Frankl, From Death-Camp to Existentialism, Beacon Hill, Boston, 1959, p.
Frankl wrote of his experience in Man's Search for Meaning, which was first published as From Death-Camp to Existentialism in 1946.