Existentialism Amber Ruan & Nasir brown


A philosophical theory or approach emphasizing the exisitance of an individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will.

  • The movement of Existentialism developed within the late 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Due to Sartre and associates, such as Simone de Beauvoir, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Albert Camus existentialism became a cultural movement- flourishing in Europe.
  • Other individuals that came to be influential on the movement include Søren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche whom were both philosophers.
  • For some, existentialism is seen as only a cultural movement, rather than an 'identifiable' philosophical position.
  • Sartre's own ideas and beliefs about existentialism are shown and expressed through the fictional play, "No Exit".
  • Existentialisms philosophy focuses on the question of human existence, believing humans define their own meaning of life while attempting to make rational decisions within an irrational universe.

Works Cited:

  • "Existentialism - By Branch / Doctrine - The Basics of Philosophy." Existentialism - By Branch / Doctrine - The Basics of Philosophy. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Jan. 2017.
  • Crowell, Steven. "Existentialism." Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stanford University, 23 Aug. 2004. Web. 05 Jan. 2017.
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