History and Concepts of Existentialism Existentialism is a 20th century philosophical movement which focuses intensely on the existence of the individual human being, and considers the implications of the uniqueness of individual existence in a variety of associated fields (Earnshaw, 2006, p. 1). Although many philosophical systems address the problem of the individual and ontological issues, Existentialism asserts that to fully understand human existence requires the willingness to invent new modes of thought and language, and to depart from conventional philosophical assumptions. As one author has stated, Existentialism holds that “human beings can be understood neither as substances with fixed properties, nor as subjects interacting...The end:
.....t concepts such as ontology, freedom, and meaning. Existentialism deals with important issues of human life and being in the world, and as such will continue to have relevance to a new generation of thinkers and those who are willing to question their place in the world. References Crowell, S. (2010). Existentialism. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Accessed 28 November 2010 from: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/existentialism. Earnshaw, S. (2006). Existentialism: A guide for the perplexed. London: Continuum Publishing. McDonald, W. (2009). Soren Kierkegaard. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Accessed 28 November 2010 from: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/kierkegaard. Wartenberg, T. (2008). Existentialism. Oxford: Oneworld Books.