Existentialism

[Revised entry by Steven Crowell on March 9, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Like "rationalism" and "empiricism," "existentialism" is a term that belongs to intellectual
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[Revised entry by Steven Crowell on March 9, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Like "rationalism" and "empiricism," "existentialism" is a term that belongs to intellectual history. Its definition is thus to some extent one of historical convenience. The term was explicitly adopted as a self-description by Jean-Paul Sartre, and through the wide dissemination of the postwar literary and philosophical output of Sartre and his associates - notably Simone de Beauvoir, Maurice Merleau-Ponty,...

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