Category Archives: Existentialism

Nothingness and the Meaning of Life: Philosophical

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Written often as private devotionals, his poems exhibit the style and constructions that Puritan taste and manners disdained as "witty." They predated existentialism by a century. Existentialism is a philosophical movement which posits that individuals create the meaning and essence of their lives, as opposed to it being created for them by deities or authorities or defined for them by philosophical or theological doctrines. Her mother had urged caution but Alexis persisted – and thank goodness!
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Either/Or: A Fragment of Life. Volume One

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The reason for lifting aloft such a large tent is simple: "ideas benefit from dialogical encounters with their respective others" (3). This is what is referred to as the hermeneutic circle. I don’t want to be robbed of the potential for death just as much as I don’t want to disappear from the infinite ledger. When an amateur dramatic company put on Sartre’s Huis Clos in Sheffield university’s excellent drama studio, the theatre was packed — every duffle coat hunched over in frowning concentration.
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Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo-America: A Genealogy

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Husserl's account is based upon the perception of another body from which, by analogy, I can consider the other as a distinct conscious perspective upon the world. Emphasis on the self, the enjoyment of earthly life, exploration, discovery, and empirical methods. His early novels were well received, but they did not anticipate the intellectual achievements he was to later reach. The reasons for its success are manifold. The principle of extreme simplicity of form was most valued by which of the following art movements?
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Existentialists and Mystics

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In the first verse, she says: “It’s in the reach of my arms, The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The rest of her explanations are just as nebulous—“the fire in my eyes, the flash of my teeth, the swing in my waist, and the joy in my feet…” and so on and so forth. It would merely be a weak representation of the existential philosophy and a weak artwork, neither genuine in either genre. The other is indispensable to my own existence, as well as to my knowledge about myself.
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The Theology of Paul Tillich.

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A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelist from Brontë to Lessin. It is assumed that the individual is autonomous, the creator of his or her own world view. The story itself is set in 1931, against the backdrop of a nation-wide anti-Japanese boycott following Japan’s invasion of Manchuria. Social structures define a starting point for each individual. It includes not only Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus and Merleau-Ponty, but as well as theirs predecessors (e.g.
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Existentialism and Humanism

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Camus believes that this existence is pointless but that Sisyphus ultimately finds meaning and purpose in his task, simply by continually applying himself to it. In this sense, we may say that Kant begins a new period in philosophy. Representative figures include Langston Hughes and Alain Locke. Sartre's years as a student were not spent as an activist, by French standards. I wanted a clearer account of Sartre's metaphysics than I got, but Flynn's account of Husserl is clear and quite good (from the *very* little I know of H. -- all at 3rd hand, to be sure).
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The Point of Philosophy (Philosophie & Politique /

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The realists wanted to move away from subjects of the past and formal artistic styles. John of the Cross, is best known for his description of this stage which he called the �dark night of the soul.� During the dark night the soul of an individual feels abandoned by God, spiritually dry and at the point of despair. Life is a cheesy chick-flick for most of us. In such a context, being born sinful just isn't particularly relevant. All this was shattered by the war (Esslin xix).” World War II catalyzed the failure of religion in trying to explain the reason for existence; in conjunction with the ‘nationalism and totalitarian fallacies’ stated above, the failure of religion left the world with a perspective of the future categorized by death and destruction.
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Phenomenology of Spirit

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But what do we mean to say by this, but that man is of a greater dignity than a stone or a table? Another striking feature of this poem is the repetitive nature of a particular phrase. Dadaism held which of the following as a core principle? b) Ridicule of traditional and contemporary art forms, and an emphasis on the absurd The correct answer is b. Speaking at a seminar in Anaheim, California in the early 1990s, Frankl stated that in the camps he would, at times, pretend to himself that he was actually in the future, remembering his experiences and noting how he was able to survive them.
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Children Philosophize Worldwide: Theoretical and Practical

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Through confession (Sartre invokes religious imagery into his discussion) the homosexual can objectify his ‘mistakes’ and they come to depend on him for his validation. Because of its dramatic conception of existence, its widespread use of powerful images in its arguments, and its appeal to personal response in its communications, existentialism has always been closely associated with the fine arts. [...] So strong is the influence ofexistentialist ideas in the fine arts that, as we have seen, some would prefer to describe existentialism as a literary movement.
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Egalitarian Moments: From Descartes to Rancière (Bloomsbury

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A term, which occurs repeatedly in this writing (Mystical Theology), is �the Divine Dark.� The human mind can only say what God is not, never what God is. The emphasis of the existentialist on the existentialism denies the objectivity of the world and therefore, suggests that existentialism is a subjectivist philosophy. One's total loss of faith in himself propels him into absolute faith in God to solve his problems in life. 2.
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