existentialist existentialist

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a philosopher who emphasizes freedom of choice and personal responsibility but who regards human existence in a hostile universe as unexplainable
  2. (adj) relating to or involving existentialism

Usage(s):

  1. The second sounds as though it had wandered in from some 1950s existentialist drama.
  2. A tour de force of the form, it combines wild, fever-dream visions with dark, existentialist gag humor.
  3. Rahner is sometimes called an existentialist, and he has indeed found inspiration and challenge in existentialist thinkers.

News

  1. The Hot List: Internet Cat Video Fest, 'Weekly Recurring Humor Night,' Bill Maher, more

    The week's highlights include a festival of cat videos with special guest star, Henri, the Existentialist car; Bill Maher; humor night at the Tonic Lounge; the "Art for the Millions Bike Ride: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA"; and Season 1 of Aaron Sorkin's talkathon, "The Newsroom."
    on June 22, 2013     Source: The Oregonian

  2. Meet (or Don’t Meet, Optimally) a New Anti-Social App, Hell Is Other People

    In Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist play No Exit, one of the damned souls concludes that “hell is other people.” Nearly 70 years later, that quote has inspired a new app that helps you be as anti-social as possible. The app, Hell …
    on June 19, 2013     Source: WebProNews

Quotes

  1. Page says the film gets to the heart of the human psyche and "brings up real intense, existentialist questions that I know I think about a lot," making us think not just about the fleeting glimpses into our subconscious offered by dreams, but...
    on Jul 2, 2010 By: Ellen Page Source: TheChronicleHerald.ca

  2. In a lecture L'Existentialisme est un Humanisme (1945) Jean Paul Sartre said, "The existentialist is strongly opposed to a certain type of secular moralism," and added: "Towards 1880, when the French professors endeavoured to formulate a...
    on Jun 5, 2010 By: Jean-Paul Sartre Source: The Hindu

  3. Mr. Durang writes: "The incipient existentialist in me identified with both Paul's bitterness and his introspection. He knew he was troubled about life, and though he couldn't talk to anyone else about it, he talked to himself."
    on Dec 28, 2009 By: Christopher Durang Source: New York Times

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