existentialism

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

existential +‎ -ism; borrowed from German Existentialismus.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˌɛɡzɪˈstɛnʃəlɪzəm/

NounEdit

existentialism (plural existentialisms)

  1. (philosophy, not countable) A twentieth-century philosophical movement emphasizing the uniqueness of each human existence in freely making its self-defining choices.
    The heyday of existentialism occurred in the mid-twentieth century.
  2. (philosophy, countable) The philosophical views of a particular thinker associated with the existentialist movement.
    Sartre's existentialism is atheistic, but the existentialism of Marcel is distinctly Christian.
    • 1965, Mikel Dufrenne, "Existentialism and Existentialisms," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, vol 26 no 1 (Sep), p. 51.
      Instead of Existentialism, we should speak of Existentialisms.

AntonymsEdit

  • noumenalism

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NounEdit

existentialism c

  1. (philosophy) existentialism

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