Existentialism is the philosophical study that begins with the human subject—not merely the thinking subject, but the acting, feeling, living human individual. It is associated mainly with certain 19th and 20th-century European philosophers who, despite profound doctrinal differences, shared the belief in that beginning of philosophical thinking.


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Influential Minds

  • Søren Kierkegaard
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Albert Camus


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Exis (pronounced "Exies") were a youth movement in Hamburg, Germany, in the 1950s. The Exis took their name from the existentialist movement, and were massive fans of the pre-blowing up era of The Beatles. They were often seen as the spiritual successors to the Swing Kids of the 1930s, with the key difference being that, while the Swing Kids heavily embraced American pop culture of the time, the Exis were more interested in carving their own path in society by proving they were free-thinkers.


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