Existentialism and Humanism: Three Essays

Existentialism and Humanism: Three Essays

Existentialism and Humanism: Three Essays

Existentialism and Humanism: Three Essays

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"Our life is a business, theirs was an existence"

Jakob Burckhardt, World-historical Reflections

There are various reasons why existentialism-- coming from Germany where Karl Jaspers and Martin Heidegger developed it, as did Jean-Paul Sartre and Gabriel Marcel in France--appealed to such a wide strata of intellectuals. First of all, there is the emotional impact of a doctrine that is not content to communicate items of theoretical perception but touches on human existence as a whole, on its source and its essence, its direction and its intensity, its potential and its limitations.

Existentialism emerged from the despair of a radical Protestant thinker, Sören Kierkegaard, over the shallow and barren Christianity of recent times. It came into being with individual existence seemingly doomed by bustle, the struggle for life, the pace and . . .

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