Talk:Existentialism

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Beckett...[edit]

Wrote in French, but wasn't really a "French writer..." He was Irish. By that logic, Hemmingway and Achebe would be would be "English writersPFoster 11:50, 31 January 2008 (EST)

Oh, sorry, my bad. I'll see if I can fix it with an economy of words. Oh, and I forgot Ionescu (sp.?) humanUser talk:Human 12:33, 31 January 2008 (EST)


Waking Life[edit]

Anybody here ever seen the film Waking Life? It's an entire film built around discussing existential concepts, and I recommend it if existential philosophy peaks your interest (although, it's only for when you are in an inquisitive mood, otherwise it can lag on and on and on).The Goonie 1 (talk) 04:39, 10 July 2009 (UTC)

Like that Swedish movie where a guy plays chess to stay alive? Yeah, existentialism is boring (but true). Essentialism is dynamic, exciting, full of plot twists - but, false. IMHO. ħumanUser talk:Human 06:41, 10 July 2009 (UTC)

Quote chopped from top[edit]

Existentialism is nothing else but an attempt to draw the full conclusions from a consistently atheistic position. —J.P. Sartre (Existentialism is a Humanism)

It's an interesting quote, but it's not the be-all and end-all of existentialism - just the "motto" of one proponent/explorer of the topic. Probably belongs in the article somewhere, but not right across the top. ħumanUser talk:Human 02:56, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

What is Existentialism?[edit]

In the article there is the line "...what the writers thought existentialism was about", followed by what people commonly associate with the philosophy. Could someone (Human?) include a commentary on how those items relate to what Existentialism actually is?--Just relax, and stay funny (talk) 19:22, 14 December 2012 (UTC)

"Inverse" existential crisis?[edit]

So I saw under the section about existential crisis the most common reason for one, namely

"A full recognition of one's mortality, and a realization that one is going to die"

But have there been any other people who have had a crisis brought on by the opposite fear (such as this or this)? Because in all honesty, it would be a greater source of comfort to me to know that, no matter what, someday I will utterly and irrevocably cease to exist.--Andled (talk) 03:35, 16 November 2014 (UTC)