existentialist : Definition, Usages, News and More

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  • n  a philosopher who emphasizes freedom of choice and personal responsibility but who regards human existence in a hostile universe as unexplainable
  • a  relating to or involving existentialism
    existentialist movement
    existentialist philosophy
    the existentialist character of his ideas

  • The philosophy of the once-obscure 19th century theologian has been abused to label everything from "existentialist" hairdos to literature, and his troubled probings of Man, God .
  • The second sounds as though it had wandered in from some 1950s existentialist drama.
  • A tour de force of the form, it combines wild, fever-dream visions with dark, existentialist gag humor.
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  • Ellen Page in TheChronicleHerald.ca
    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...
  • Jean-Paul Sartre in The Hindu
    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...
  • Christopher Durang in New York Times
    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."

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