Edited by Marc Cheong (University of Melbourne)
|Summary||Existentialism is a broad philosophy with a fluid definition: its labelling is not fixed (rejected, even, by proponents such as Camus); it may or may not involve religion; and encompasses concepts such as authenticity, absurdity, and freedom. To summarize succinctly, per Steven Crowell (2020), it's a "philosophical theory which holds that a further set of categories, governed by the norm of authenticity, is necessary to grasp human existence". This category, Existentialism, Misc, is similarly a broad banner characterizing contributions to existentialist philosophy. In a nutshell, this includes (but is not limited to): early European reviews of existentialism; critiques of 20th century existentialist philosophers; interdisciplinary applications of existentialist thought in psychology, education, technology, games, social media (and others); existentialism's links to analytic philosophy; existentialism and intersectionality; the future of existentialism and its increasing relevance in today's context.|
|Key works||For key works in Existentialism and its key philosophical figures in general, please refer to the parent category and associated sibling categories. (Selected texts include, at a glance: Simone de Beauvoir: The Ethics of Ambiguity, Albert Camus: The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays, Martin Heidegger: Being and Time, Søren Kierkegaard: Fear and Trembling, Jean-Paul Sartre: Being and Nothingness).|
|Introductions||Good introductions to the broad topic of existentialism include encylopedic overviews: Crowell 2008 (in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy), Burnham & Papandreopoulos 2011 (in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy). Texts include Webber 2018, and Golomb 1995. Bakewell 2016 provides an easily-accessible popular overview on the subject.|
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