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What are the characteristics of existentialism?

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May 26, 2015 10:40AM

An excellent discussion of existentialist philosophy, written for the general public, is in William Barrett's, Irrational Man (1958).

In the U.S.A., the book is widely available in libraries, in new-book stores, and in major used-book stores. There are 6 general characteristics of existentialism. These characteristics include existence before essence, reason is unable to deal with the depths of life, alienation, fear and trembling or anxiety, the encounter with nothingness, and freedom.