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By M.A. Natanson

"Why is my discomfort perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed?" -Jeremiah "Existentialism" at the present time refers to faddism, decadentism, morbidity, the "philosophy of the graveyard"; to phrases like worry, dread, anxiousness, ache, anguish, aloneness, loss of life; to novelists comparable to Jean-Paul Sartre, Dostoievski, Camus, Kafka; to philosophers like Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Marcel, Jaspers, and Sartre-and since it refers to, and is anxious with, all of those rules and individuals, existentialism has misplaced any clearer which means it could actually have initially possessed. since it has such a lot of definitions, it may not be outlined. As Sartre writes: "Most those who use the notice existentialism will be em­ barrased in the event that they needed to clarify it, on account that, now that the note is the entire rage, even the paintings of a musician or painter is being referred to as existentialist. A gossip columnist . . . indicators himself The Exis­ tentialist, in order that via this time the observe has been so stretched and has taken on so huge a which means, that it not potential something in any respect. " 2 This kingdom of definitional confusion isn't an unintended or negligible subject. An test could be made during this advent to account for the confustion and to teach why any definition of existentialism in­ volves us in a tangle. First, notwithstanding, it is crucial to kingdom in a tenta­ tive and extremely normal demeanour what issues of view are right here meant while reference is made to existentialism.

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