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date: 16 January 2022

p. 1046. Existentialism in the 21st centurylocked

p. 1046. Existentialism in the 21st centurylocked

  • Thomas Flynn

Abstract

‘Existentialism in the 21st century‘ explores the continued influence of existentialism. Although existentialism had its heyday between the liberation of France and the student risings of 1968, it made a lasting cultural contribution and entered the perennial philosophical conversation, expressing the abiding moral concerns of the human condition. Although it was influenced in its later stages by linguistics, existentialists continued to maintain the primacy of experience. Existentialism made contributions to structuralism and furthered both poststructuralism and hermeneutics. In the field of ethics, existentialism's focus on concrete principles and responsibility rather than abstract values is in keeping with the postmodern ethics of today.

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