‘Philosophy as a way of life’ sets out the existentialist quest to offer meaning to people's lives. Existentialists wanted to revive a more personal notion of truth that had become marginalized in favour of scientific inquiry into truth. The observer needed to be understood and included in the system of observation. This was necessary because objective reflection and abstract philosophy did not provide an answer as to how to live one's life. Commitment and responsibility were part of this way of life, something communicated indirectly through existentialist literature. The phenomenological method of Edmund Husserl was influential in shaping existentialist thought and its relation to the world.