existentialism existentialism


  • (n) (philosophy) a 20th-century philosophical movement chiefly in Europe; assumes that people are entirely free and thus responsible for what they make of themselves


  1. The aftermath of World War II spawned no identifiable Lost Generation, but it did bring a word for intellectuals to play with: existentialism.
  2. When existentialism first became the rage in Paris, she was a slinky creature with a dubious reputation.
  3. If life was meaningless, Sartre argued, existentialism at least gave people a sense of dignity amid the degradation and absurdity.


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    (From Sci-Fi Channel) Here at Zimbio we like to examine life's bigger, grander questions. After warming up with a relaxing examination of whether Camus or Sartre have had a greater impact on existentialism in the digital age, today we found ourselves facing a REAL question: Who would win in a fight between the Sharknado and Sharktopus? Ignoring that the Sharknado appears to be bereft of any ...
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  1. "Bergman was the first to bring metaphysics - religion, death, existentialism - to the screen," Bertrand Tavernier, the French film director, said. "But the best of Bergman is the way he speaks of women, of the relationship between men and...
    on Jul 30, 2007 By: Bertrand Tavernier Source: New York Times

  2. In "Armies of the Night," Mr. Mailer described his thought as a "private mixture of Marxism, conservatism, nihilism, and large parts of existentialism."
    on Nov 10, 2007 By: Norman Mailer Source: Boston Globe (registration)

  3. "Prine's stuff is pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mind trips to the nth degree," Dylan said last year.
    on Feb 25, 2010 By: Bob Dylan Source: Chicago Tribune (blog)

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