A twentieth-century philosophical movement emphasizing the uniqueness of each human existence in freely making its self-defining choices.
‘The heyday of existentialism occurred in the mid-twentieth century.’;
(philosophy) The theory that the self is all that exists or that can be proven to exist.
The philosophical views of a particular thinker associated with the existentialist movement.
‘Sartre's existentialism is atheistic, but the existentialism of Marcel is distinctly Christian.’;
Self-absorption, an unawareness of the views or needs of others; self-centeredness; egoism.
a philosophical theory or attitude having various interpretations, generally emphasising the existence of the individual as a unique agent with free will and responsibility for his or her own acts, though living in a universe devoid of any certain knowledge of right and wrong; from one's plight as a free agent with uncertain guidelines may arise feelings of anguish. Existentialism is concerned more with concrete existence rather than abstract theories of essences; is contrasted with rationalism and empiricism; and is associated with Kierkegaard, Heidegger and Sartre, as well as others.
(philosophy) a 20th-century philosophical movement; assumes that people are entirely free and thus responsible for what they make of themselves
Existentialism ( or ) is a form of philosophical inquiry that explores the problem of human existence and centers on the experience of thinking, feeling, and acting. In the view of the existentialist, the individual's starting point has been called a sense of dread, disorientation, confusion, or anxiety in the face of an apparently meaningless or absurd world.
‘the existential angst,’;
(philosophy) the philosophical theory that the self is all that you know to exist
Solipsism ( (listen); from Latin solus 'alone', and ipse 'self') is the philosophical idea that only one's mind is sure to exist. As an epistemological position, solipsism holds that knowledge of anything outside one's own mind is unsure; the external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist outside the mind.