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By M.A. Natanson

"Why is my soreness perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed?" -Jeremiah "Existentialism" this present day refers to faddism, decadentism, morbidity, the "philosophy of the graveyard"; to phrases like worry, dread, nervousness, affliction, agony, aloneness, dying; 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 worried with, all of those principles and folks, existentialism has misplaced any clearer that means it can have initially possessed. since it has such a lot of definitions, it could now not be outlined. As Sartre writes: "Most those that use the observe existentialism will be em­ barrased in the event that they needed to clarify it, given that, now that the notice is all of the rage, even the paintings of a musician or painter is being referred to as existentialist. A gossip columnist . . . symptoms himself The Exis­ tentialist, in order that by means of this time the note has been so stretched and has taken on so vast a that means, that it now not capability something in any respect. " 2 This nation of definitional confusion isn't an unintentional or negligible subject. An try can be made during this creation to account for the confustion and to teach why any definition of existentialism in­ volves us in a tangle. First, despite the fact that, it will be important to country in a tenta­ tive and extremely basic demeanour what issues of view are the following meant whilst reference is made to existentialism.

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